Prisoners’ mass hunger strike is “testament to desperation”

1 May

‘The fact so many Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike is testament to desperation’ says the Chair of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Mossaud Shadjareh.

RT Live video report, 29 April 2017

Dozens of Palestinians have reportedly been injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers. Protesters, who turned out in support of over 1500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, have set bins on fire and thrown stones at soldiers in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. The mass hunger strike, now in its second week, is demanding human rights and an end to imprisonment without trial.

One of the main demands of the hunger strike is to end medical negligence of prisoners.

Israel has punished hunger striking prisoners with a series of measures, including denying family visits and meetings with lawyers.

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are also protesting solitary confinement, night raids on prisoners’ cells, humiliating searches, the reduction of family visits, a ban on mobile phones, suspension of university education, restrictions on books and magazines, and widespread imprisonment without charge or trial, family members of striking prisoners and their lawyers.

An earlier PressTV video report on the hunger strike and solidarity protests, includes an interview with Kia Ora Gaza organiser, Roger Fowler.

 

 

One Response to “Prisoners’ mass hunger strike is “testament to desperation””

  1. philipmcfedries May 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Docu/drama “66 Days” about to be released on Bobby Sand’s hunger strike against British colonialism in Ireland.

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