Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners join the hunger strike

[ Palestinian Information Center 21/04/2012 – 10:35 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails of Megiddo and Hadarim are expected on Sunday to join the hunger strike that started in other jails five days ago, the Tadamun foundation for human rights said on Saturday.

Ahmed Al-Beitawi, a researcher with the foundation, told Quds Press that Palestinian prisoners in Negev jail would also join the strike within the few coming days.

He underlined that the Israeli prison service in a bid to weaken the massive strike made a number of transfers within the prisons.

Meanwhile, prisoners expressed dismay at the Fatah leaders for statements against the strike and told Quds Press that they were pressuring Fatah prisoners not to join the strike.

For his part, Sheikh Ra’fat Nassif, a member of Hamas political leadership, called on the Palestinian people in a statement from his Israeli prison cell to support the prisoners in their hunger strike.

He said that the Palestinians should hit the streets in massive rallies to back the prisoners.

Nassif urged the Arab Spring governments and all Arab and international institutions to swiftly move and demand the release of the Palestinian prisoners.


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