Arab League urges ICRC to intervene on Palestinian prisoners

Barghouti also compared himself to the late South African President Nelson Mandela, asserting that the life sentence imposed on Mandela in the 1960s "did not delegitimize him or his struggle; it only further delegitimized the Apartheid regime prosecuting him".

Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said that the issue of prisoners' rights had helped breach political divisions in Palestinian society. Their studies were halted in 2011 after Palestinian officials rejected overtures to start peace talks and refused to offer Israel any evidence that captured soldier Gilad Shalit was still alive.

A Palestinian argues with Israeli soldier during clashes after a protest, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, April 27, 2017. There is no right to education, no right to medical treatment.

We stand in solidarity with the striking Palestinian prisoners and support their call to the global community to defend their humanity.

Businesses have closed their doors in the West Bank in a gesture of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. "It will give the prisoners power and strength after they see the support they have".

Israel is refusing to negotiate with the prisoners amid calls to leave the prisoners to die.

"If Barghouti feels bad, all he has to do is eat", he said.

Fatah spokesperson Osama al-Qawasmi said Barghouti is leading this alongside his fellow detainees to send a message to the whole world that Palestinians are determined to get their freedom and that Israel's solitary and suppressive policies will not bring their wills down.

Samidoun also urges supporters of the prisoners to join and organize protests elsewhere, and to call the White House (202-456-1111) to demand that the Trump administration end its support for Israel's political imprisonment and other crimes against Palestinians. Hamas will now have to turn to the worldwide community for help.

For the eighth day, Israel won't allow lawyers of the prisoners to visit them.

In 2016, the ICRC reduced the program, limiting the number of monthly visits of family members to prisoners to one, saying that a large percentage of family members did not make use of the option of the second visit.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem, for his part, told Anadolu Agency earlier that Qatar had recently tabled proposals aimed at ending years of acrimony between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

  • Leroy Wright