Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike
- Author: Jon Douglas May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 5:24
During the hunger strike, prisoners said they were facing a harsh crackdown from Israeli prison authorities, as their medical conditions continued to decline.
The hunger strike was initiated by Barghouti, a prominent Fatah terrorist and political figure on April 17. More than 6,000 Palestinians are now in prison for offences linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for charges ranging from stone-throwing to weapons possession and attacks that killed or wounded Israeli civilians and soldiers in bombings, shootings and other violence.
Israeli prison authorities have said that the strikes were also ended to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, which began across the Muslim world on Saturday.
It suggests a rare recent success on the Palestinian side, and comes despite the repeated insistence by Israeli ministers - not least public security minister Gilad Erdan - that they would not give in to any of the strikers' demands.
Other demands included longer and more regular family visits, landlines installed in prisons and better healthcare.
According to the United Nations coordinator, the scenario in the Gaza Strip is very serious too, as it has been blocked by Israel since 2007, and still not recovering from the destruction generated during 51 days of bombing by Tel Aviv in the summer of 2014.
Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Beita, May 26, 2017.
The strike was led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader in jail for life after being convicted of murder. It was viewed by Israeli officials as a bid by Mr. Barghouti to challenge the credibility.
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Issa Karaka, chairman of Prisoners' Affairs at the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), confirmed the inmates had agreed to stop the strike.