Israel Isolates Hunger Striking Detainees

Barghouti, described by the Times as a "Palestinian leader and parliamentarian", is a convicted terrorist serving five consecutive life terms plus 40 years for masterminding suicide bombing missions during the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising) that killed scores of Israelis.

The Israeli Prison Service issued a statement threatening disciplinary measures for hunger striking.

Librati said that some 1,100 detainees in several prisons had announced they were going on hunger strike.

Some 1,200 Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli prisons launched a hunger strike on Monday, in what their leader behind bars called a new step in the Palestinians' "long walk to freedom".

As reported by ABC News, the Israeli government has no current plans to enter talks regarding ending the Palestinians' hunger strike.

"Unity against the Israeli occupation's arrogance has always been and still is Palestinian prisoners' message to all", he added.

Marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day on Monday, Palestinian officials have called for a large show of public support for the prisoners as rallies and other activities are planned in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

According to reports, he was transferred along with three other prisoners from Israel's Hadarim prison to Jalama prison, north of Jenin in an effort to thwart the ongoing hunger strike among almost 1000 Palestinian prisoners. "In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it".

He said Israel has established field hospitals outside the prisons to respond to any immediate medical needs.

In the past, he said, Israel's attempts to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners had failed to stem repeated mass hunger strikes, which is why - this time around - it has set up medical facilities near the prisons.

Among the prisoners' chief demands is the installation of telephones in each prison, more frequent family visits, better healthcare and improved conditions for female prisoners.

Prisoners' relatives told the humanitarian group that they had not seen their incarcerated family members for years, as Israeli officials frequently refused visits, citing "security grounds".

More than 300 Palestinians have been in prison since before Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo accords in 1993.

"It's being led by Marwan Barghouti, a key Palestinian political figure found guilty of directing deadly attacks on Israelis", Daniel adds.

"It doesn't have to do with publishing the article (in the New York Times) but rather that he is instigating mutiny and leading the hunger strike and that is a severe violation of the rules of the prison", he said.

He is popular among Palestinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Palestinian presidency.

  • Leroy Wright