Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ahrar: Detainees on hunger strike till all demands fulfilled

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Al-Ahrar center for prisoners' studies and human rights said the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are determined not to end their hunger strike until all their demands are met.
Commenting on Israeli claims that officials from the Israeli prison authority met with senior prisoners, director of the center Fouad Al-Khafsh said the meeting happened with prisoners not representing the hunger strikers and was aimed to prevent more prisoners from joining the hunger strike.
Khafsh also denied Israeli claims saying that the hunger strikers want more TV channels displaying songs and movies in order to end their strike, and said the Israeli prison authority is making a mockery of the prisoners' just demands.
He noted that more prisoners join the hunger strike everyday and their number so far exceeded 3,000 despite the Israeli attempts to dismantle their protest step through separating them from each other and transferring them to other sections or jails.
The Palestinian center for defending detainees also asserted that the number of hunger strikers in Israeli jails is on the rise.
It said the Israeli jailers relentlessly used many ways to force the hunger strikers to break their strike including cooking near their cells to make them smell the aroma of food.
For its part, Wa'ed society for detainees and ex-detainees warned of dealing with the news claiming that the hunger strikers would mull over the prison authority's response to their demands.
Representative of the hunger strikers Tawfiq Abu Naim told Wa'ed society that the Israeli response to the demands was not worth studying and was an attempt to circumvent them.
Abu Naim affirmed that the committee representing the hunger strikers, that was formed by different Palestinian factions, has the sole right to make a decision regarding the strike.
Ahrar: Detainees on hunger strike till all demands fulfilled