[Pnews] Seventy Palestinian Detainees Continue Their Hunger Strike

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Mon Dec 15 12:10:07 EST 2014

  Seventy Detainees Continue Their Hunger Strike

author Sunday December 14, 2014 10:19

    The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that seventy
    Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, are ongoing with
    the hunger strike they started more six days ago, demanding an end
    to Israel's solitary confinement policies.

The Committee said the detainees are also holding their strike in 
solidarity with detainee Nahar as-Sa'dy, held in solitary confinement, 
and ongoing with his strike for the third week.

In a statement released Saturday, the Committee said the Israel Prison 
Authority is threatening to transfer the detainees to a number of 
prisoners, including them holding them with Israeli prisoners, held for 
criminal violations.

The detainees said the strike will be expanded to include hundreds of 
detainees should the Prison Authority continue its assaults and 
violations against them, and against their visiting family members.

They added that more than thirty detainees have been recently moved into 
solitary confinement, in cold cells that lack the basic requirements for 
human use.

"Forcing the detainees into solitary confinement is an illegal, 
vindictive and punitive measure," the detainees said, "Solitary 
confinement is like graves for the living; we call for urgent and 
serious measures to oblige Israel to end its violations of international 

They said that some of the sanctions imposed on them include denying 
them the right to family visits, and transferring them to different 
prisoners, adding that the Prison Administration is refusing to 
negotiate with them, or even listen to their legitimate demands.

The Committee said the detainees, held in solitary confinement, are 
currently in the prisons of Eshil, Nafha, Majeddo, Asqalan, Ramla and 
Ramon, facing very harsh living conditions and constant violations.

In addition, the Palestinian Prisoners Society has reported that the 
Prison Administration in the Negev Detention Camp has informed 45 
striking detainees it intends to transfer them to other, unspecified 

The detainees in the Negev started their hunger strike seven days ago, 
and were informed they will be moved to other detention centers without 
allowing them to take any of their belongings with them.


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