[Ppnews] Palestine - Number Of Hunger-Striking Detainees Could Reach 3000

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Tue Apr 24 10:10:52 EDT 2012

Number Of Hunger-Striking Detainees Could Reach 3000

Tuesday April 24, 2012 by Saed Bannoura

The number of hunger-striking Palestinian political prisoners, held 
by Israel in various prisons, detention camps and interrogation 
facilities around the country, will likely reach 3000 as waves of 
detainees intend to join the strike, demanding their 
internationally-guaranteed rights.

Dozens of detainees are currently on hunger-strike that officially 
started last Tuesday; the strike, described as "the battle of empty 
bowels", aims at ending Israel's illegal administrative detention 
polices, halting all violations against the detainees and their 
families, and improving the living conditions of the detainees.

Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Qaddoura Fares, told 
the Maan News Agency that the first group of detainees, held under 
administrative detention without charges, have reached the "no return 
point" as they have been on hunger-strike since 56 days, and insist 
on not breaking their strike until they are released.

Fares added that the second group of detainees has been on hunger 
strike since seven days now, and are demanding Israeli to improve 
their living conditions, allowing visitation rights, halting 
violations against their visiting family members, ending all solitary 
confinement policies, allowing them the right to education, and 
ending all night raids, and searches, targeting the them and their rooms.

"The current number of detainees who are on hunger-strike is 
1400-1600, and will likely increase to 3000 in the coming few days" 
Fares said and added that it is unlikely that all 4700 detainees will 
join the strike, but could hold solidarity hunger strikes, such as 
two days a week.

Fares said that the striking detainees are from different political 
factions and groups, and that they are all united in their legitimate 
demands regarding of their political affiliation.

It is worth mentioning that Israel conducted punitive measures 
against 1200 Palestinian detainees by denying their visitation 
rights, and isolating them from the detainees who are not part of the 
protests yet.

Furthermore, a spokeswoman of the Israeli Prison Administration, 
stated that all "privileges" have been taken away from the detainees, 
including family visitations, and all electric equipment have been removed.

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