RAMALLAH, May 20, 2017 (WAFA) – The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) has moved a number of Palestinian prisoners held in Asqalan prison in the south of the country to an Israeli hospital after their health deteriorated, the Media Committee for the prisoners’ “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike said on Saturday.
It said in a statement that the IPS has moved the striking prisoners to Barzilai hospital after they stopped drinking water, causing noticeable deterioration in their health.
Khalid Mahajneh, an attorney with the Palestinian Prisoner Society, said one of the striking prisoners, Mohammad Abu al-Rob, from the city of Jenin, whom he had met with had told him that the IPS has intensified pressure on the prisoners, not to mention taking abusive measures against them as well as punishing them.
Abu al-Rob also said that the prison service in Asqalan turned one of the prison sections into a field clinic that lacks medical equipments and has only glucose to offer to prisoners, who, in return, refuse to take it.
He said the IPS had continuously attempted to talk to and give offers to prisoners, who insist that all negotiations should be conducted with the strike leaders.
Around 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have started an open-ended hunger strike on April 17. The strike, also known as the “Freedom and Dignity” battle, was spearheaded by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, to protest the difficult life conditions Palestinians prisoners face in Israeli jails as well as Israel’s policy with the prisoners.
Despite local and international support for the strike, Israel still took intensive measure to pressure prisoners to break the strike, such as moving prisoners, including strike leaders, to isolated prison cells, to confiscating belongings of the prisoners, and recently, releasing a video footage of Barghouti, where he could be seen eating despite being on a strike. video was described “fake, fabricated and low.”