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2017-05-14 13:30:09

Palestinian mass hunger strike takes dramatic turn

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More Palestinian prisoners are joining the mass hunger strike which entered its 26th day Friday, with the campaign assuming global proportions amid worsening health conditions of hundreds of strikers languishing in Israeli jails.

 

Sawt al-Asra (Voice of Prisoners) radio cited anonymous sources as saying that nearly 100 Palestinian inmates from different political factions have decided to join the hunger strike.

 

 

The radio estimated that nearly 1,800 prisoners are currently participating in the strike. However, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club put the figure far higher, saying more than 3,000 prisoners are taking part in the strike. 

 

 

Israeli authorities have, however, claimed that fewer than 1,000 prisoners are participating in the strike. The Fatah Central Committee, considered the Palestinian movement’s top decision-making body, called on Thursday for all its members in Israeli prisons to join the hunger strike immediately.  

 

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, 1,000 others are expected to join in the wake of the Central Committee resolution. 

In South Africa, a number of cabinet ministers, personalities, activists and political leaders vowed to join a 24-hour fast in solidarity with the hunger-striking Palestinians.

 

 

According to Palestinian prisoner solidarity network Samidoun, activists from the US, France and Belgium have also launched a short hunger strike in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners.

 

 

Human rights and Palestine solidarity organization Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS South Africa) joined the call for a fast by other solidarity organizations.

 

 

The list of those who have pledged their support to the fast includes Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, Independent Online (IOL) news website reported.

 

In a statement, BDS spokesperson Kwara Kekana said: “There are currently over 6,500 #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners detained by Israel. Over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel (about 40% of all Palestinian men living under occupation have at some point been detained by Israel). Virtually every single Palestinian family has been affected by Israeli imprisonment of a loved one.”

 

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