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The Palestinian Arab committee representing terrorist imprisoned in Israel is sending a warning to the Israeli government following the approval in a preliminary reading of the death penalty for terrorists bill.

In a statement on Thursday, the committee stated that "our enemy will regret the moment of the final approval of this law."

"Today we enter the seventeenth day of our move against the measures of he who is known as Ben Gvir, who threatens us with further measures of revenge and heavy handedness, and it is now clear that he and the people around him did not receive our message, and they do not understand the stubborn character of the Palestinian, who will not back down from his right and we will continue our rebellion and our activity until our victory [is achieved] and the prison guard is defeated," the statement said.

"The only demand of the strike is the freedom of the prisoners, and this matter requires the support of all our people to stand against the blatant aggression against us," it continued.

The committee called on the Palestinian Arab public to turn every Friday into a day of support for the terrorist prisoners.

The prisoners are protesting the measures initiated by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, and which include reducing the use of water in showers by the prisoners, stopping the use of ovens for baking pita bread for prisoners, and more.

On the first day of the month of Ramadan, in the third week of March, the prisoners are planning to escalate the protest by announcing a hunger strike, in an attempt to persuade the Palestinian Arab public to hold large-scale violent protests against Israel.

According to Palestinian Arab data, there are 4,780 terrorist prisoners in Israeli prisons, including 160 minors, 29 women and 914 administrative detainees.

Jailed terrorists have more than once used the method of hunger strikes in order to pressure Israel to release them or improve the conditions of their imprisonment.

Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released some hunger strikers.

At times, the terrorists were found to be secretly eating during the hunger strike. A prominent example of this was in 2017, when the Israel Police released footage of archterrorist Marwan Barghouti, who was caught eating in secret while maintaining the pretenses of his own hunger strike.