#PalHunger | Palestinian women rally in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike

Palestinians protesting Israeli treatment of prisoners. (file photo)

Palestinians protesting Israeli treatment of prisoners. (file photo)
Palestinian women have held a rally in solidarity with prisoners who have gone on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails, Press TV reports.

Demonstrators gathered at the gates of Ofer prison in Ramallah, where many of the strikers are being held, to protest against poor Israeli prison condition.

“We want to raise the voice of the prisoners who are inside, who are hunger striking and are now on day 16. They can’t speak outside of the prisons. They are using their hunger to fight, but the only way anything will come of their fight is if we speak for them…” a demonstrator said.

According to the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations, the Israeli Prison Service has collectively punished hunger strikers by denying family visits, conducting cell and body searches, subjecting prisoners to isolation, fines, and the confiscation of personal belongings.

The administrative detention rules allow the Israeli forces to arrest and incarcerate Palestinians without charge, trial.

The hunger strike was organized by inmates loyal to the Palestinian resistance movement, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the second largest organization in the umbrella group of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Some 3500 Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons refused meals on “Prisoners Day” on April 17.



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