[Ppnews] Palestinian Political Prisoners To Go On Hunger Strike

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Fri Sep 24 11:48:14 EDT 2010

Palestinian Detainees To Go On Hunger Strike


  Friday September 24, 2010 07:36
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies 
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Approximately 7,500 Palestinian political prisons held by Israel will 
start, on Saturday September 25, a hunger strike demanding that 
Israel halt its violations and attacks against them, and to improve 
their living conditions.

Riyadh al-Ashqar, head of the Media Department at the Ministry of 
Detainee in Gaza, called on the Palestinian people to act in 
solidarity with the detainees and to form a lobbying power that 
boosts the detainees in achieving their legitimate rights.

Al-Ashqar said that the detainees face unimaginable suffering in 
Israeli prisons, detention camps and interrogation centers, and added 
that Israel is readying to use ultimate force against the detainees 
should they hold a strike.

He held Israel and the Israeli Prison Administration (IPA) fully 
responsible for the lives of the detainees and added that dozens of 
detainees were recently wounded after being attacked by the soldiers 
who broke into their rooms and searched them.

Al-Ashqar demanded international human rights groups, mainly the 
International Red Cross, to intervene and to send probe committees 
that would observe the illegal Israeli measures and attacks against 
the detainees.

Furthermore, al-Ashqar called on the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority 
in Ramallah, to withdrew from the talks with Israel as, according to 
him, such talks provide Israel with legitimacy to continue its crimes 
against the Palestinian detainees.

Ismail al-Thawabta, head of the Palestinian Center for Defending the 
Detainees, said that, through their strike, the detainees want to 
send a message to the world to inform the International Community 
that they are deprived of their basic rights guaranteed by international law.

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