The terrorists and security prisoners currently engaged in a hunger strike sent a letter to the commissioner of the Israel Prison Service Monday reiterating their demands which they claim must be met before they end their hunger strike - including .
Arch-terrorist and murderer Marwan Barghouti, who leads the hunger strike initiated the letter.
Among the demands that the terrorists make in their letter is the "installation of a public telephone to ensure contact with our families."
The terrorists also demanded that the IPS "resolve the issue of family visits." They claimed that instead of two visits a month, they receive only one visit and demanded the removal of the many restrictions on family visits. They also demanded that the duration of the visits be lengthened and that their family members be allowed to bring them clothes, photographs, and other items.
In addition, the terrorists demanded that they have access to no less than 20 television channels, the introduction of books, magazines and newspapers into the prison without proscribed limits, and a later time for lights out in the prisons.
Another demand listed by the terrorists is the right to free education at Hebrew University, subsidized by the Israeli taxpayer.
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in response that "The demands in Barghouti's letter show just how extreme and groundless they are."
"No country in the world would have conducted negotiations with terrorists over such demands. And certainly the State of Israel, which is waging a struggle against terrorist organizations, will not agree to surrender to blackmail and damage its deterrence against terrorists," Erdan added.
For a translation of the terrorists' demands, see op-ed "The terrorist hunger strike comes with demands" by Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar.