Thousands of Palestinian Authority terrorists in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on Wednesday, AFP reported.
The French news agency quoted the PA’s minister for prisoners, Issa Qaraqa, as having told reporters in Ramallah, “I can confirm that all the prisoners in Israeli prisons have begun a three-day hunger strike, which could be increased, as a kind of warning to the Israeli administration.”
According to Qaraqa, the strike was a protest against the policy of solitary confinement, and was called in solidarity with a group of prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
He said that “around 200 prisoners from the PFLP and some others began an open-ended hunger strike yesterday to protest the continued solitary confinement of their secretary general Ahmed Saadat for the last four years.”
He added that the strike was extended across all prisons in a collective protest against the policy of solitary confinement, as well as what he called a “growing tide” of punitive measures against detainees.
“There are prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for ten years,” Qaraqa was quoted as having said. “The prison authorities have imposed harsh penalties and unprecedented measures, pushing the prisoners into a state of rebellion against all the rules in force inside the occupation prisons.”
Qaraqa failed to mention the excellent conditions and benefits given to Arab prisoners in Israeli prisons. Terrorists are granted three hours a day to wander the premises, where they socialize together and even play games, they are allowed to purchase 1,200 shekels worth of food each month in the prison canteen. Each of them has a television set in their cell that receives 12 channels. The channels include programming in Arabic.
In contrast, kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held by Hamas for more than five years and has not received such conditions, nor has he been allowed a single visit by the International Red Cross.
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