#PalHunger | Ashkar: Situation in occupation jails explosive

[ PIC 03/05/2012 – 09:22 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Ismail al-Ashkar, the deputy head of the Change and Reform bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), warned of the situation in occupation prisons exploding if the international community did not intervene to resolve the issue of Palestinian prisoners, warning of serious reactions in case any of the prisoners died.

al-Ashkar added, in a meeting with the Swiss ambassador Ronald Stainger at the Legislative Council in Gaza on Wednesday, that he expected a third intifada in support of the Palestinian prisoners, insisting on the importance of the prisoners’ issue.

He asked Switzerland to move in cooperation with the international community to press on occupation to fulfill the demands of the prisoners “who have lost the basic requirements of life and human rights” due to Israel’s controversial policy of administrative detention, strip search, torture, long-term isolation and other punitive measures.

He highlighted, during the meeting, the case of detainee and Palestinian MP Ahmed Haj Ali, saying that occupation had agreed to release him if he suspended the strike and then reneged on its promise, in addition to the 27 PLC members including the PLC speaker Dr Aziz Dweik who were arrested in a clear violation of parliamentary immunity.

For his part, the Swiss ambassador confirmed that his country would pursue prisoners’ issue and would cooperate with the Red Cross to visit prisoners and inspect their situation. He also added that Switzerland raised the issue of administrative detention at the human rights council of the UN.


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