[Pnews] New details released on agreement to suspend Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike

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  New details released on agreement to suspend Palestinian prisoners’
  hunger strike

May 28, 2017
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New details have been released regarding the agreement under which 
Palestinian prisoners suspended the 40-day Strike for Dignity and 
Freedom 
<http://samidoun.net/2017/05/victory-towards-liberation-salute-to-the-palestinian-prisoners-and-the-struggle-for-freedom/> 
on Saturday morning, 27 May, providing more elaboration on the specific 
issues addressed in the prisoners’ negotiations with the Israeli 
occupation prison administration.

Issa Qaraqe, director of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission 
spoke in a press conference 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=909391> on Sunday, 28 May in 
which he declared that “80 percent of the demands” of the prisoners were 
achieved in the strike, calling it “an important achievement to build on 
in the future on the basis of the protection of the prisoners’ rights 
and dignity.”

Qaraqe reported on the major items agreed upon by the strikers with the 
Israeli prison administration, as noted by Palestinian lawyer Karim 
Ajwa, who met on Sunday morning with one of the strike leaders, 
Palestinian prisoner Nasser Abu Hmeid:

1. Expanding access to public telephones in order to communicate with 
family members, in accordance with agreed-upon mechanisms, with 
continuation of dialogue on this issue as a priority for prisoners in 
all prisons.

2. Agreement was reached on a range of issues relating to family visits; 
first, lifting the security ban on hundreds of family members of 
Palestinian prisoners, ending the practice of returning visitors holding 
permits and refusing their visits at checkpoints, and lifting an 
unjustified ban imposed on more than 140 children who had been banned by 
the prison administration from visiting their parents.

3. Giving an initial commitment to shorten the time between visits for 
Palestinian prisoners from Gaza, for a period of up to one month instead 
of two months or more between visits.

4. Agreement was also reached on a number of issues related to the 
conditions of family visitation, including allowing the introduction of 
clothing and bags, and allowing prisoners to provide and share sweets 
with children and others.

5. Introducing new standards for visitation for relatives of the “second 
degree,” such as allowing the introduction of nephews and nieces during 
nursery school age and providing that prisoners whose fathers and 
mothers have died may add one or two additional more distant family 
members to their visitation list.

6. Providing formal approval for the return of the second monthly family 
visit according to the mechanism agreed upon between the International 
Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Authority.

7. Reaching an agreement on the Ramle prison clinic, to return the ill 
prisoners to the larger “old” section of the prison, which has been 
renovated.

8. Agreement was reached on issues related to the conditions of women 
prisoners, including the inclusion of all prisoners in HaSharon prison, 
adjustments to the visit process with family members, husbands and 
children, the introduction of handicraft materials, improvement of 
conditions of confinement, and establishment of a special transportation 
system, rather than the “bosta,” for transfer to and from the courts.

9. On the issue of child prisoners, a number of issues were agreed upon 
to improve their conditions of confinement, access to education and 
related issues.

10. Agreement was reached on most issues related to the difficult 
conditions of life in Nafha prison.

11. On the issue of the sick prisoner patients held in the Ramle prison 
clinic, as noted above, to return the prisoners to the re-opened section 
with improved humanitarian conditions, as well as introducing a new 
system for the movement of these prisoners with private transportation, 
directly to and from the courts, rather than transiting through lengthy 
crossing points on the “Bosta.”

12. Distributing meals to prisoners in transit in the “Bosta” during 
transfers and allowing them access to use the toilet during this time.

13. Approving the establishment in every prison department of 
Palestinian “security prisoners” of a kitchen area for the preparation 
of food and the introduction of cooking equipment, rather than being in 
the same rooms with the prisoners.

14. Allowing photographs with parents once annually, or with a 
prisoner’s spouse. In the event of the prisoner’s father or mother’s 
death, the photograph could be taken with a brother or sister.

15. Introducing improvements to the “canteen” (prison store), with 
higher-quality goods availables, including fruits and vegetables, 
including molokhiyeh, and spices.

16. Introducing modern sports and recreation equipment in the recreation 
yards.

17. Solving the problem of overcrowding in the prison sections and 
resolving the problem of high temperatures through a system of 
ventilation and cooling.

18. Adding an ambulance to be equipped for use to transfer prisoners in 
urgent health emergencies, to be stationed at the Negev, Ramon and Nafha 
prisons, due to the fact that these prisons are far from hospitals.

19. Transferring prisoners to prisons closer to their families’ places 
of residence.

In addition to these points, there will be a mechanism for further 
negotiations on additional issues. The prisoners’ committee will include 
Karim Younis, Nasser Abu Hmeid, Hafez Sharaya, Nasser Oweis, Ammar 
Merhi, and Ahmed Barghouthi. All prisoners who have been transferred 
since the beginning of the strike are to be returned to their original 
locations and the sanctions imposed on hunger-striking prisoners lifted. 
It should be noted that the imprisonment of Palestinians from the West 
Bank within Palestine ’48 is entirely illegitimate 
<https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/04/israel-must-end-unlawful-and-cruel-policies-towards-palestinian-prisoners/>under 
the Fourth Geneva Convention.

***

*On this occasion of the prisoners’ victory, we know that there is a 
long struggle to come, for liberation for the prisoners and liberation 
for Palestine. We urge all of the Palestinian communities, supporters of 
Palestine and social justice organizers who took to the streets, drank 
salt water, engaged in hunger strikes, expressed their solidarity and 
organized across borders and walls to celebrate the victory of the 
prisoners with events and actions on 4-6 June, in Celebrations of 
Dignity and Victory.*

*In these celebrations, we will recognize the power of the Palestinian 
people to defeat the occupier and the colonizer, honor the prisoners and 
their steadfastness, and emphasize the ongoing struggle. These 
celebrations are an occasion to escalate our demands for Palestinian 
freedom – for the liberation of Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian 
people, and the entire land of Palestine.*

***

*/Send your events and actions for the Celebrations of Dignity and 
Victory – Struggle for Palestinian Freedom to us at 
samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>, on Facebook 
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<https://goo.gl/forms/AAp4EXsPOM6xQ16p1>. We will be regularly updating 
this international list of events and actions. /*/*Building this strong 
list of actions around the world will help to underline the global 
support for Palestinian political prisoners in their struggle for 
freedom, and the struggle of the Palestinian people for liberation.*/

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