Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret

The strike has also prompted protests in wider Palestinian society and the organizing committee behind the strike has called for a series of protests in the coming week, including clearing all shops of Israeli goods on Wednesday as an act of boycott and a general strike the following day.

Head of the worldwide relations unit of Lajee Center, Mohammad AlAzraq, said that the Celtic Fans, AKA the Green Brigade, held many activities to show solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, including raising the Palestinian flag and solidarity with prisoners and showcasing the prisoners' struggle in occupation jails.

"The Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike has nothing to do with their prison conditions, and everything to do with the political interests of Marwan Barghouti", said Minister Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information Gilad Erdan.

Qadoura Fares, who heads an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners, cast doubt on the footage, saying Barghouti is being held in solitary confinement and has no access to food. "This is psychological warfare that we expected Israel to wage against the strike".

The hunger strike was announced to coincide with Palestinian Prisoners' Day which was marked on Monday 17th of April.

Polls suggest that the 58-year-old Barghouti is the most popular choice among Palestinians to succeed 82-year-old Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He said guards had punished the strikers by seizing all personal items and leaving prisoners "with nothing except their beds".

"This is yet another example of how this prisoners strike is just a media stunt which seeks to glorify terrorists with blood on their hands, the Ambassador continued".

The incident on Sunday was the latest in a 19-month-long period of sporadic street attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, and the bustling Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem's walled Old City where it occurred has seen many attacks.

  • Jon Douglas