In previous remarks, ex-detainee Abdul-Rahman Shadid, director of the Asra Media Office, told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum would participate in the hunger strike, which he said would be launched in Hadarim jail first.
According to a statement by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, extremist settlers said they had come to "break the morale of the striking Palestinian prisoners", through spreading the smell of meat that would make abstention harder. For the past few years, the prisoner issue has slipped from the Palestinian public's priorities as they confront worsening threats like forced displacement in the West Bank and military offensives in Gaza. "Without giant rallies, the prisoners will lose heart and will fail to force the Israelis to accept their ultimatum", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A deputy mayor of Madrid hosted an event in a municipal space on Monday to honor Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and other groups who are imprisoned in Israel.
Nearly 6,500 Palestinians are being held in 22 Israeli prisons, according to Qadoura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club.
A number of Israeli soldiers also joined them to eat the feast.
"The time has come to stop listening to the hunger strikers and show them that we are not giving in to their whims", said Ophir Sofer, secretary-general of the National Union party.
Furthermore, despite the protestations of Israeli politicians and the tone of Liz Spayd's response, the New York Times has, in fact, provided a platform for several Israeli op-ed contributors who committed acts of terrorism or war crimes, without acknowledging that fact. "We will never lose our sense of clarity because we are on the side of justice and they are on the side that is neither just nor moral". If they want to preserve what little credibility they have left outside of the leftist elite on the Israeli/Palestinian issue, the Times needs to not only be completely upfront about the carnage that Barghouti and his fellow travelers have left in their wake; but also admit that they have a clear slant on the dispute.
Palestinians termed the open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s.
Specifically, the prisoners are demanding increased visitation rights, public telephones in the security wards of Israeli prisons and the restoration of their right to earn academic degrees while imprisoned.
The Prisoners' Club said a main demand was for Israel to halt detention without trial for some 500 Palestinians now being held, and for an end to solitary confinement.
A further 500 are detained under what is known as Administrative Detention, which allows suspects to be held without charge for six month intervals.
Meanwhile, Barghouti initiated a hunger strike Sunday, following weeks of preparation, that now involves over 1,100 Palestinian prisoners in the Gilboa, Meggido, Nafha, Ketziot, Shikma, Ramon, Hadarim and Nitzan prisons.
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