Hunger strikers in PA jails reach agreement with jailers

[ 07/07/2012 – 11:00 AM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Political activist and journalist Lama Khater told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that an agreement between the Palestinian Authority’s intelligence agency and political prisoners on hunger strike in its jails was reached on Friday.

“The agreement happened due to the determination and the defiance showed by the hunger strikers who did not yield to any pressures made by the intelligence apparatus to force them to break their strike, in addition to the popular activities which escalated recently in the West Bank especially in the occupied city of Al-Khalil,” Khater stated.

She said the agreement took place in the presence of PA intelligence officers, some relatives of the hunger strikers, and political prisoner Mohamed Abu Hadid on behalf of his fellow hunger strikers.

According to the agreement, the PA intelligence is committed to release 22 political prisoners including three 10 hunger strikers from different West Bank jails, but it absolved itself of their arrest by Israel after their release.

The agreement takes affect as of next Tuesday and if the PA intelligence did not respect its pledges, the hunger strike would resume.

Relatives of the political prisoners also threatened that they would go on hunger strike for open days if the agreement was not fulfilled.

For his part, Palestinian lawmaker Basem Aza’arir told the PIC reporter in Al-Khalil city that the agreement was unwritten and unclear especially that the 22 names of the political prisoners were not specified.

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