Two Terrorist Prisoners End Hunger Strike
Tareq Qaadan and Jafar Ezzedine, two terrorists in Israeli prisons who have been on hunger strike in recent weeks, ended their hunger strike on Wednesday evening.
The two remain hospitalized under tight security at the Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where they are being treated due to their long hunger strike.
They are two of four terrorist prisoners who have gone on a long-term hunger strike in recent weeks, the other two being Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna. Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist prisoners have turned hunger striking into a pressure tactic aimed at forcing Israel to release them out of fear for their lives.
Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released some hunger strikers.
PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria took advantage of the hunger strikes last week and used them as an excuse to riot and clash with Israeli security forces. Last Thursday, hundreds of Arabs rioted outside the gates of Ofer Prison, throwing stones and bricks at Israeli security officials and causing two Israeli reporters to be hurt. Both were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem for treatment.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, hunger striker Issawi was taken to the Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot after his health deteriorated. Issawi is expected to remain in the hospital for several days to undergo tests and follow-up, in an attempt to prevent further deterioration in his condition.
Last week a court handed Issawi eight months for violating his parole. However, because of a military order governing the terms of his release, Issawi's fate will only be determined by a second hearing at an Israeli military court on March 21.
That hearing could see him being sent back to jail for years.
This week Arabs have rioted because of the death of Arafat Jaradat, a terrorist prisoner who died while in Israeli custody on Saturday.
An autopsy conducted Sunday on the body of Jaradat, who died at the Meggido Prison, found that it is impossible to determine the exact cause of his death.
The PA’s minister of prisoners, Issa Qaraqaa, nevertheless took advantage of the non-conclusive report to blame Israel for torturing Jaradat to death.