[Pnews] Activists graffiti Ofer prison's walls in support of Palestinian hunger strikers

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Mon May 22 10:31:09 EDT 2017


  Activists graffiti Ofer prison's walls in support of Palestinian
  hunger strikers

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 
flags.

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 
sponsorship.
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