Posts Tagged ‘hunger strikers’

Prison hunger strikers in deal with Israel to end mass fast

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

Relatives of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike celebrate in Gaza City celebrate news of a dealPalestinian prisoners on hunger strike agreed with Israel on Monday to end their fast in return for improved conditions, officials on both sides said.

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Hamas says talks progressing on hunger strikers

May 12th, 2012 Comments off

Ismail Haniya says there has been an 'important development' in talks to end a mass hunger strikeIsraeli and Egyptian officials are making progress in attempts to end a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners, some of them close to death, Gaza’s Hamas prime minister said on Saturday.

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Israel seeks deal with Palestinian hunger strikers

May 10th, 2012 Comments off

Clashes outside Ofer PrisonIsrael’s prison service has offered to ease restrictions on Palestinian prisoners in a bid to end a mass hunger strike that has left several detainees close to death, sources told AFP on Thursday.

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Palestinian Hunger Games

May 6th, 2012 Comments off

Some 2000 of the estimated 4600 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are now hunger striking. Three hundred of them have been deprived of the right of habeas corpus and are being held in without charge or trial. Others are routinely tossed into solitary confinement, which, depending on how it is deployed, could be a severe violation of their human rights. Some 10 of the hunger strikers are severely affected and some near death.

The National (UAE) has a good overview of the issue.

While some of these prisoners were arrested on suspicion of terrorism, others are guilty of protesting, stone-throwing or thinking wrong thoughts. All are where they are because they won’t cooperate with Israel’s illegal 45 year old military occupation of and large-scale theft of Palestinian land, though the violent among them were wrong if any harmed civilians.

In any case, if the prisoners have committed crimes, they should be charged and the state should prove it in court, otherwise they are kidnapping victims, not prisoners in a civilized penal system. And, solitary confinement should be used against those who commit violence against other prisoners or guards, not to punish thought crimes.

Palestinians are being kept stateless by Israel. which means they have no rights. The occupation is costing them an estimated $7 billion a year. Also, they have no rights.

Some Tunisian cabinet ministers in the new democratic government are doing one-day fasts in solidarity with the prisoners, in what could become a movement.

Perhaps fearing a growing PR debacle, Israeli authorities are now offering some concessions, including on the issue of solitary confinement.

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10 Palestinian hunger strikers in hospital: envoy

May 4th, 2012 Comments off

A Palestinian supporter of Hamas attends a March rally in support of hunger striking Hanaa al-Shalabi (portrait)Ten Palestinian hunger strikers held at an Israeli prison have now been moved to hospital because of their deteriorating health, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said Friday.

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Hunger strikers in Israel appeal

May 4th, 2012 Comments off

Israel’s Supreme Court defers a decision on an appeal against their imprisonment by two Palestinians who have been on hunger strike for 64 days.
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Palestinians warn of backlash if hunger strikers die

May 2nd, 2012 Comments off

A Palestinian woman stands atop an Israeli military vehicle during a protest outside Ofer military prisonPalestinian prisoners minister Issa Qaraqaa on Tuesday warned there would be a major backlash if any of the detainees on a mass hunger inside Israeli jails were to die.

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Palestinians see backlash if hunger strikers die

May 1st, 2012 Comments off

A third of the 4,700 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are on open-ended hunger strikePalestinian prisoners minister Issa Qaraqaa on Tuesday warned there would be a major backlash if any of the detainees on a mass hunger inside Israeli jails were to die.

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For the liberation of all the Moroccan political prisoners: international solidarity with all the hunger strikers

April 12th, 2012 Comments off
Ezzedine is a Moroccan student, member of the students’ union in his city, Taza, in northern Morocco. He was arrested on December 1st, 2011, at his university during a students’ protest and accused of belonging to an “unlawful organization”.  He has been on hunger strike since December 19, 2011. His health is deteriorating by the hour.  Ezzedine was joined in his hunger strike by 4 other students detained in the city of Fez: Ibrahim Saidi, Mohamed Ghaloud, Mohamed Fettal, Mohamed Ezaghdidi. They are protesting their arbitrary arrest and the conditions of their detention.  In a letter Ezzedine sent from his prison cell he claims to have been tortured. One of the detained students, Mohamed Ghaloud, says he was sexually assaulted by his interrogators.” (thanks Moha)

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