[Ppnews] Palestine - 1600 Detainees To Declare Hunger-Strike on April 17

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1600 Detainees To Declare Hunger-Strike on April 17

April 14, 2012 11:48
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Report post

     1600 Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, declared 
they will be starting an open-ended hunger strike on April 17th in 
protest to their illegal detention, and demanding basic rights.

Palestinian Minister of Detainees in the West Bank, Issa Qaraqe', 
stated that the situation of the detainees in Israeli prisons is very 
difficult, and dangerous, especially amidst the ongoing Israeli 
violations and attacks against them.

Qaraqe' added that the detainees are fighting a battle to defend 
their dignity and to improve their living conditions.

He further called for massive solidarity campaigns, and called for 
declaring April 17, the Palestinian Prisoners Day, as a day for 
solidarity and massive nonviolent protests in all parts of the 
occupied territories.

The Maan News Agency reported that a committee formed by the Israeli 
Prison Authority, headed by Yitzhak Gabai, visited a number of 
detention facilities, listened to the demands of the detainees, and 
"promised" respond to these demands this coming week.

Some of the demands presented by the detainees are;

1. Ending Administrative Detention.
2. Ending Solitary Confinement.
3. Reinstating the right to education.
4. Halting all invasions targeting detainees' rooms and sections.
5. Allowing family visitations, especially to detainees from the Gaza Strip.
6. Improving medical care to ailing detainees.
7. Halting the humiliation, and body-search of the families of the detainees.
8. Allowing the entry of books and newspapers.
9. Halting all sorts of penalties against the detainees.

Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are subject to harsh and 
illegal treatment that violates International Law and the Fourth 
Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory.

The Palestinians started marking April 17 as the Palestinian 
Prisoners Day, on April 17, 1974, the day Israel released Mahmoud 
Bakr Hijazi, in the first ever prisoner-swap deal.

202 Palestinian detainees died after being kidnapped by the Israeli 
forces since 1967, following Israel's occupation to the rest of 
Palestine (The West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the 
Golan Heights).

Hundreds of detainees died after they were released suffering from 
serious illnesses and medical conditions resulting from extreme 
torture and abuse in Israeli prisons.

70 detainees died in prison due to extreme torture, 74 were executed 
by the soldiers after being arrested, 51 died due to the lack of 
medical treatment, 7 detainees died due to excessive force by the 
soldiers, and after being shot while in prison, former political 
prisoner, head of the census department at the Ministry of Detainees, 
Abdul-Nasser Farawna reported.

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