[ PIC 25/04/2012 - 11:20 AM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Palestinian female prisoners have decided to go on two days of hunger strike each week in preparation for joining the comprehensive strike of all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.
Ahmed Al-Beitawi, a researcher with the Tadamun foundation for human rights, said that Palestinian female prisoners in Hasharon jail have decided to start the two days per week strike on Wednesday.
He pointed out that the prisoners refused an offer by the Hasharon jail manager that would give them rights not given before to prisoners. However, he noted, the women prisoners said that the manager should talk with the representatives of prisoners concerned with supervising the hunger strike.
Beitawi noted that the number of Palestinian women prisoners have risen to eight, adding that one of them, Lina Jarboni, was moved to solitary confinement in Ramle for refusing to end her hunger strike, which she started eight days ago.
Meanwhile, prisoner Othman Bilal, who is one of the leaders of the hunger strike in Israeli jails, called on Egypt to assume its responsibility according to the prisoners’ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel and demand Israel to respect its obligations in that deal including ending the policy of solitary confinement, improving incarceration conditions, and reversing all inhuman measures adopted after the capture of Gilad Shalit.
A lawyer, who visited Bilal, said that he lost seven kilograms of his weight and appeared exhausted but was adamant on maintaining the strike.
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