An Arab prisoner hunger-strike, the UN--and dead Jews

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Perhaps I've missed something important, but the last time I looked at the concept of 'justice', I read that one who kills another deliberately in cold blood and then gets convicted of murder in open court is one who has received 'justice''. After conviction, that justice requires the killer to suffer the consequence of his evil deed. He goes to prison. He does not go to a youth hostel.

But what happens if convicted murderers claim to be victims themselves? For example, more than 1,000 Arab terrorist prisoners in Jewish Israeli jails have recently begun a hunger strike to gain what some call their 'basic rights' (Zena Tahhan, "Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strike", aljazeera, April 17, 2017). In this instance, imprisoned murderers of Israeli Jews cry that Israel's jail conditions have hit such a 'new low' (ibid), initiating a mass hunger strike is the "only door they can knock on to attain their rights" (ibid).

According to Arab sources, this appears to be a dangerous situation--so dangerous that the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, has called out for international assistance to save the prisoners ("President Abbas calls on international community to save the life of striking prisoners",, April 17, 2017). The unstated message Abbas sent out was, Israeli prisons are so horrific, these men will surely die (from prison conditions and the hunger strike) if the world doesn't intervene to make sure prisoner demands are met. 

There's just one problem here. It's a lie. 

These prisoners are not as 'deprived' as Mahmoud Abbas would lead you to believe. Do you know what these prisoners want? 

Their demands reveal the lie. Here's a list of some of the more, uh, interesting demands. Remember, these are demands for what aljazeera calls, 'basic rights'. These demands are not basic at all: 

-prisoners want a second monthly 'family visit' (perhaps a euphemism for 'conjugal visit) reinstalled ("Abbas: World must intervene to save hunger-striking prisoners", timesofisrael, April 17, 2017).    

-they want academic studies and matriculation exams (to be provided free by Israel) (ibid);

-they want more TV channels to be made available in their cells (ibid);

-they want a public phone in 'security' wings--where the most violent terrorists are kept.

-they want visits from both first-level and second-level relatives ("Demands of prisoners who went on hunger strike",, April 17, 2017); 

-they want transportation provided by Israel for all those visiting relatives (ibid).


These prisoners protest their prison conditions (timesofisrael). They claim Israel's (inhumane) prison conditions have hit a 'new low' (aljazeera)--and we assume that these demands are to be the remedy for those 'new low' conditions. 

Listen, these men aren't hostel guests on an extended stay at a Middle East hostel (a hunger-strike against some Middle East hostels might be a rational action). These prisoners are murderers. They killed with knowledge aforethought. They're now in jail. They do not express remorse. They do not offer to change their murderous ways. Many have been incentivized to kill because their families receive a  lifetime monthly benefit from the PA, based upon the 'horrorificness' of their crime. These are not civilized people.

Nevertheless, they serve prison time in what is probably the Middle East's most humane prison (see, for example, Khaled Abu Toameh, "Palestinians' fort of torture", gatestoneinstitute, January 30, 2017). One could argue that they are treated better than Hamas and Fatah would treat them for similar crimes in the PA against PA residents. 

Yet because Abbas and aljazeera claim Israeli prison conditions are, supposedly, so terrible, the world has to watch a hunger-strike. What this means is, 'Palestinians' have created another self-induced crisis--and now demand the world save them from the crisis they've created (William Jacobson, "Palestinians demand world save terrorist hunger strikers from their own hunger strike", legalinsurrection, April 18, 2017). 

These 'Palestinian' prisoners are serious: they want those extra TV channels, public phones and, yes, special satellite TV programming (, above). 

The UN worries about these prisoners. Presumably, the UN takes this hunger-strike seriously. Apparently, it's a humanitarian outrage that Israel won't provide more TV channels--and free phones--to its Arab terrorist-prisoners. 

The UN monitors 'with  concern' how these unrepentant, Israel-hating, Jew-hating killers are doing (Ben Ariel, "UN closely monitoring terror hunger strike", arutzsheva, April 19, 2017). The UN shows a lot of compassion for these Jew-killers. How nice. 

What about the Jews these killers have murdered? Where is the UN's compassion for them?