Prisoners Submit List of Demands to Israeli Authorities

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have given the Israeli prison service 10 days to respond to their demands before they start protest action, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society reported Tuesday.

The group said in a statement that if the Israeli prison service does not respond positively to the prisoners’ demands, hundreds of them will take protest measures, including the rejection of daily meals for one day.

The demands, according to the statement, came in response to the ongoing crackdown against prisoners which started in June.

The statement listed 10 demands:

1. Resumption of family visits as they were before June
2. Stopping night counts
3. Stopping “the oppressive assaults under the pretext of inspection” carried out by forces from outside prisons, which use police dogs
4. Working out a solution for high prices at the prison canteen
5. Allowing entry of blankets and winter clothes sent by families
6. Resumption of special visits for exceptional cases
7. Stopping the “barbarian” behavior by the Nachshon special unit which is in charge of prison transportation
8. Allowing entry of prisoners’ medical needs through the Red Cross
9. Improving meals in quality and quantity
10. Returning prisoners access to TV channels

(Agencies via Ma’an – www.maannews.net)

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