After the failure of talks between Palestinian prisoners and the Israeli authorities on Monday, hundreds of prisoners joined a hunger strike, the Prisoners’ Affairs Office has reported.
The Israeli occupation authorities apparently rejected the prisoners’ demands, which included installing a telephone in the main halls within prisons and ending the punitive isolation imposed on a number of prisoners recently.
— Press TV (@PressTV) April 8, 2019
The Head of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee, Qadri Abu Baker, told Anadolu that Israeli politicians have renounced all previous understandings reached between the Palestinian prisoners and the Prison Service.
Abu Baker called for support for the hunger strike in order to mobilize support for prisoners’ demands. Most of the inmates decided on Sunday to delay their involvement in the strike over reports about progress in the talks between the prisoners’ leaders and the Israeli Prison Service.
"Then more soldiers arrived. They threw me in the back of a large military truck. I felt the presence of many dogs and men surrounding me. The dogs barked and the men laughed. I was so scared." https://t.co/yBuzr6i6aJ pic.twitter.com/vSMp9kjT5Z
— Ramzy Baroud (@RamzyBaroud) April 9, 2019
Since the start of 2019, tension within Israeli prisons has been rising due to the installation of electronic jammers to prevent prisoners from making calls to their families on smuggled phones. The authorities try to restrict prisoners’ contacts with the outside world.
The devices, claim the prisoners, could cause serious diseases, including cancer; they have been calling for them to be removed.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)