Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch hunger strike

Tuesday 18 April 2017 a week ago 36   Palestine   Print

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Report  Web desk : RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike Monday following a call from leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, a movement that could mark a serious challenge to Israeli authorities if sustained. The hunger strike was called in connection with Palestinian Prisoners Day, observed annually, but also ahead of commemorations this summer marking 50 years since the 1967 Six-Day War and the start of Israel s occupation. Israel Prisons Service spokesman Assaf Librati said that hunger strikers would be disciplined and later added that Barghouti had been transferred from Hadarim prison to Jalami prison, near Haifa, 48 kilometres (30 miles) to the north. Qaddura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club which tracks the well-being of Palestinians in Israeli jails, said Barghouti had been placed in solitary confinement, but Librati did not confirm that. Hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners occur regularly, but rarely on such a large scale. (01)