RAMALLAH, May 7, 2017 (WAFA) – For the 21st day in a row, about 1800 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are continuing the “Battle of Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike amid strict repressive measures by the Israeli authorities to break their strike.
Jamil Sa'ada, lawyer of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission, told the Voice of Palestine that the Israeli prison authorities have threatened to force-feed the hunger strikers and called in doctors for this task. The Israeli Medical Association earlier announced it would not abide by Israel’s decision to force-feed the hunger strikers.
Sa’ada pointed out that the hunger striking prisoners had not received dietary supplements since they entered the strike on April 17. He added that the Israel Prison Service had tightened their repressive measures against the hunger strikers through solitary confinement, transfer of prisoners between prisons, and denial of family visits.
The hunger strikers are calling for better access to medical care; increased visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; removal of glass barriers during family visits; improved detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families and an end to the policy of administrative detention.