[Ppnews] Palestinian Prisoners to refuse food in solidarity with hunger strikers

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Thu Feb 14 10:53:07 EST 2013

*Prisoners to refuse food in solidarity with hunger strikers*

(updated) 14/02/2013 16:46

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians jailed in Israel will go on hunger 
strike on Tuesday in solidarity with detainees in Ramle prison clinic 
who have refused food for several months, Palestinian Authority media 
reported Wednesday.

All Palestinian prisoners will join the one-day strike, Wafa reported, 
quoting a statement from the Palestinian Prisoners Society.

Meanwhile, around 360 Palestinians jailed in Rimon prison, including 
Islamic Jihad leaders, will refuse food on Thursday in solidarity with 
long-term hunger strikers, the PPS said.

Samer Issawi has been on hunger strike for 196 days in Ramle prison. 
Tareq Qaadan and Jaafar Azzidineb have been on hunger strike for 78 days.

In a statement Tuesday, the executive director of the Palestine Center 
in Washington Yousef Munayyer criticized international silence on 
Issawi's protest.

"For months, Samer Issawi has refused food on a hunger strike and the 
world has ignored him. Despite his resilience, which is an inspiration 
to Palestinians everywhere, he is now reportedly close to death," 
Munayyer said.

"He is demanding freedom and dignity, and is willing to pay the ultimate 
price to achieve them. At this moment, international players and global 
civil society have an opportunity to either stand in support of Samer 
and other Palestinians engaging in nonviolent resistance to Israel's 
brutal and illegal occupation regime, or remain muted.

"There can be no in between. Palestinians are watching with heavy hearts 
and history is recording."
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