[Ppnews] 3, 000 Palestinian Political Prisoners refuse food to mark Prisoners' Day

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Wed Apr 17 15:20:30 EDT 2013

*3,000 detainees refuse food to mark Prisoners' Day*
Published today 17:29


RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Some 3,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails on Wednesday 
refused breakfast as part of a one-day hunger strike to mark Prisoners' 
Day, an Israeli prison official said.

Palestinians are attending marches and rallies as a show of solidarity 
with prisoners from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza held in 
Israeli jails, whose numbers reach almost 5,000.

In the West Bank, around 600 relatives of prisoners gathered for a 
sit-in in the rain at Arafat Square in central Ramallah after which some 
of them were planning to march towards the nearby military prison at Ofer.

Another rally was being held in the northern city of Nablus.

Meanwhile in Gaza, hundreds of people were taking part in a march from 
central Gaza City to the offices of the International Committee of the 
Red Cross, an AFP correspondent said.

Another sit-in was to take place at Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem at 2 
p.m., officials said.

Events to mark Prisoners' Day began on Tuesday when youngsters in Gaza 
City released thousands of balloons into the air, each bearing the name 
of a prisoner, while there were also solidarity gatherings in Rafah in 
the south.

During the evening, demonstrators gathered in a village near the 
southern city of Hebron lit a "freedom torch" in front of the home of 
Arafat Jaradat, a prisoner who died in Israeli custody last month after 
several days of interrogation, sparking Palestinian allegations of torture.

"It was a symbolic event to deliver a clear message, firstly to the 
Israeli side and secondly to the international community, that it is 
intolerable for us to continue receiving our prisoners as corpses," 
Amjad al-Najjar, head of the Hebron branch of the Prisoners' Club, told 
Voice of Palestine radio.

Also during the evening, there were candle-lighting ceremonies in Gaza 
City as well as in Hebron, AFP correspondents said.

Of the Palestinians currently detained, some 168 are being held under 
administrative detention orders, whereby they are held without charge or 
trial for renewable six-month periods, according to the Palestinian 

Last year's Prisoners' Day was symbolic because it was the day when 
Israel released Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad inmate who went on hunger 
strike for a record 66 days in protest at being held without charge.
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