[Pnews] Activists graffiti Ofer prison's walls in support of Palestinian hunger strikers
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Activists graffiti Ofer prison's walls in support of Palestinian
May 22, 2017 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777206
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian activists broke into the grounds of
Israel's military court at the Ofer detention center Sunday afternoon
and spray painted its outer walls with slogans in support of Palestinian
prisoners currently on hunger strike across Israeli prisons, stenciled
images of the strike's leader Marwan Barghouthi, and raised Palestinian
Chairman of the occupied West Bank's higher committee against Israel's
separation wall and settlements Munthir Amireh told Ma'an that the
activists broke into the court's backyard, located in the West Bank's
Ramallah district, to "express the Palestinian people's anger at the
crimes committed by the Israeli occupation, and at Israel's indifference
to the demands of prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 35 days."
The Palestinian people, he added, still have much to accomplish on
behalf of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel "who represent a symbol of
struggle, resistance, steadfastness, and dignity."
A member of the popular committees Mahmoud Zawahra said that the
activists stormed the Ofer detention center and raised Palestinian flags
on its walls to confirm that "prisoners in the occupation's jails are
not alone," and that "the Palestinian people and the resistance will
support them by all means."
In footage taken at the scene, one man says, while spray-painting an
iconic image of Marwan Barghouthi raising his handcuffed hands over his
head, that the action came in response to "the (Israeli) settlers, the
dogs" who held a barbecue outside of Ofer prison
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776546> in the early days of
the strike to taunt hunger-striking prisoners with the smell of food.
The mass prison strike entered its 35th day
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777191> on Sunday, as 220 more
joined the some 1,300 Palestinians currently forgoing food in protest of
their conditions in Israeli prisons.
Hunger-striking prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family
visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care
and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative
detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands
for basic rights.
Since the strike began on April 17, solidarity sit-ins have been
established across the occupied Palestinian territory, with daily
demonstrations being organized locally as well as abroad.
A general strike was called for by the committee established to support
the hunger strike, set to take place on Monday to coincide with US
President Donald Trump’s arrival to Israel. Palestinian leadership also
called for a“Day of Rage”
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777183> on Tuesday during
Trump's visit in Bethlehem, to express rejection to the resumption of
peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel under US
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