Palestinian inmates to protest Israeli repressive measures in mass hunger strike
Several Palestinian prisoners will go on hunger strike in protest against Israeli repressive measures ahead of a mass hunger strike across all Israeli jails.
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The Palestinian Prisoners' Club (PPC) has issued a statemetn on Saturday, quoting the Supreme National Emergency Committee for Palestinian Prisoners that several inmates will begin a hunger strike on Monday and Wednesday, ahead of a mass strike to be launched in all Israeli jails.
As an initial step, the prisoners will refuse to go out for security inspections during this week, the statement said, adding that the inmates seek to force Israeli prison authorities to halt their repressive measures and reverse all the unjust decisions they have taken in recent months.
The latest decision to launch protest steps came after Israeli jail authorities failed to respect the understandings reached last March and decided to resume the punitive measures against prisoners, especially those serving life terms.
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention have recently taken a series of actions against restrictions imposed on them by Israeli authorities.
At least 500 inmates have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings since the beginning of the year. The boycott includes hearings for the renewal of administrative detention orders as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at Israel’s Supreme Court.
Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli jails. Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Geneva Convention.
They say administrative detention violates the right to due process since the evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express outrage at the detentions.
Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards. Palestinian inmates have also been subject to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.