Israel Rules Out Talks With Palestinian Hunger Strikers


Israel punishes hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

There are now 6,300 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including more than 300 child detainees, according to Jerusalem-based prisoner rights group Addameer.

At a time when Palestinians are increasingly jaded by the inability of their leaders, particularly president Mahmoud Abbas, to make significant changes to their lives, Barghouti, who belongs to the same political party as Mr Abbas, stands out as someone who could command genuine support among all sections of Palestinian society.

The Israeli Prison Service simultaneously transferred the Palestinian prisoners who called for disagreement to other facilities, where they remain isolated, arguing, 'the call for a hunger strike is contrary to the prison regulations'.

Barghouti explained the reasons for the collective strike in an op-ed in The New York Times.

Dujarric said that "as a matter of principle, wherever it may be, we always call for prisoners to be treated in a humane way".

The article riled the prisons authority.

Ofer Zalzberg, a security analyst with the International Crisis Group - a transnational NGO, told Anadolu Agency that Israel was now trying to avoid being forced into making any concessions as a result of the hunger strike.

"The unity of prisoners in occupation prisons will leave the Palestinian street unified behind them", said the head of the Palestinian Prisoners society in Hebron, Amjad Najjar.

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While hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners are not uncommon, the scale of this movement is unusual.

"It really is about stamina on both sides". He said Israel Police are ready to offer assistance as needed.

Palestinian families seeking to visit imprisoned relatives require permits to enter Israel, which are usually given selectively and declined during Israeli army border closings.

The prisoners also demand to have periodic medical checkups and to increase the number of visits by the International Red Cross.

The reports said his offense was both the strike and the act of smuggling out of prison an Op-Ed essay, published Sunday by The New York Times.

"The paper retracted it because we pointed [the error] out to them", Netanyahu said in a Tuesday statement. Barghouti, who disputed the court's jurisdiction and didn't mount a defense, has been in prison since 2002.

Israeli prisons hold around 6,500 Palestinians, including 300 minors. "He is a convicted murderer and a terrorist". "They were brought to justice and are treated properly under global law", ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.

Marwan Barghouti, the leader of a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, has been moved to solitary confinement amid warnings by Israeli officials that they will not negotiate with the striking detainees.

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