Palestinians in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike

Apr 17, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT
Family members of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel are repeatedly denied permission to visit.
(Source: Lisa Nessan/flickr)

More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails went on hunger strike on Monday, protesting against rights abuse, healthcare negligence, abysmal conditions of captivity and unlawful transfer between detention centers. The strike, one of the biggest in the recent years, coincides with Palestinian Prisoners Day, commemorated annually on April 17.

Israeli Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the hunger strike, led by high-profile Fatah prisoner and leader Marwan Barghouti, includes unreasonable demands and is motivated by internal Palestinian politics, writes The Guardian.

According to a recent report by Amnesty International, the family members of the Palestinians held in Israel face difficulties in meeting their imprisoned relatives. Those arrested under “administrative detention” are held on “secret evidence” and face indefinite detention periods without the right to defend themselves in court, notes Al Jazeera.