Prisoners in Israeli jails suffer strict sanctions amid hunger strike

[ 24/05/2011 – 02:29 PM PIC ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli prison service has taken strict sanctions after Palestinian captives kicked off a wide-ranging hunger strike in six prisons, the Ahrar prisoner studies center reports.

The strike is aimed at curtailing the liberal isolation policy taken against Palestinian prisoners.

Since the strike, the Nafha prison has renewed its strip search policy, targeting those coming in and leaving the prison, said Ahrar center director Fuad al-Khuffash, adding that the prisoner movement has rejected the step, but the IPS has so far been insistent.

Prisoners in the Ashkelon prison have been denied the right to finish their education in Israeli universities for one year. Subsequently, a large group of prisoners will take longer to graduate.

Khuffash called on international institutions to support the prisoners’ demands of ending the isolation policy and reinstating secondary educational exams and providing their rights guaranteed by international norms, laws, and conventions.

He also called on the Palestinian media and civil society institutions to support the prisoners’ legal demands and not “to leave them by themselves in their battle with the Israeli prison service”.


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