[Pnews] Palestine - 120 Detainees Continue Open-Ended Hunger Strike

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Mon May 5 18:49:53 EDT 2014


  120 Detainees Continue Open-Ended Hunger Strike

author Monday May 05, 2014 12:31author by Saed Bannoura
http://www.imemc.org/article/67714

    The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that 120
    Palestinian detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative
    Detention policies without charges or trial, are ongoing with their
    strike demanding an end to their illegitimate detention.

The detainees started their strike on April 24 after the Israeli Prison 
Authority unilaterally rescinded and voided previously reached 
agreements with the detainees, including reconsidering and reevaluating 
its Administrative Detention policies against them.

Head of the Bethlehem Branch of the PPS, Abdul-Fattah Ekhlayyel, told 
the Radio Bethlehem 2000 that 51 of the striking detainees, held at the 
Negev Detention Camp, were forced into solitary confinement.

He added that 37 detainees at the Ofer Prison were transferred to the 
Ramla Prison, and were also forced into solitary confinement.

Three of them, identified as Mohammad Natsha, Daoud Hamdan and Tareq 
D'eis, were moved to the Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center due to their 
deteriorating health conditions.

The Israeli Prison Authority also imposed additional restrictions and 
sanctions on the detainees, and prevented most of them from meeting 
their lawyers.

It also cancelled several visits despite prior coordination.
Most of the striking detainees are elderly, and detainees who are 
suffering from various health conditions.

The PPS said that more detainees intend to join the strike as part of a 
coordinated move, and that expanding the strike will be based on the 
Israeli response to their demands, mainly an end to all Administrative 
Detention policies.

Ekhlayyel called for massive support to the detainees, and their 
legitimate cause, adding that more protests and campaigns are urgently 
needed, especially amidst escalating Israeli violations against the 
detainees.

He said that a protest is planned to be held, on Wednesday, at the 
Manger Square in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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