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Hundreds of Palestinians to go on hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinians to go on hunger strikeā€

Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, said that more than 1,300 prisoners in various prisons in the Israeli occupation are participating in the mass hunger strike in protest against the policy of medical negligence, violations, detention without charge or trial, unfair trials and prevention of family visits by the Israeli prison authorities.

There are now approximately 7,000 Palestinians being detained in Israeli prisons, including over 300 children, 8 elected Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and 600 administrative detainees (who are held indefinitely, without charge or trial). A 2016 report by Israeli human rights organisations HaMoked and B'Tselem described the typical treatment of Palestinian prisoners as "degrading", "inhuman" and "tantamount to torture".

Librati stated that prison officials will be updating numbers later in the day as some prisoners "said they would only observe a symbolic protest strike and then resume eating afterwards".

"There will be an update later". Barghouti is serving multiple life sentences for murder for his role in the deadly uprising of the second Palestinian intifada in the early 2000s.

He is a popular figure among Palestinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Palestinian presidency.

Abbas greeted the 6500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as they mark the Palestinian Prisoner's Day, stressing that he is doing all he can to secure their release and end their suffering. Ahmed, who said he'd been arrested seven times in total, has spent a cumulative five and a half years in an Israeli prison-but has only had one family visit in that time.

The 57-year-old Barghouti says that he has been in and out of prison since the age of 15.

For Palestinians, the prisons have become a stark symbol of Israel's occupation. Today, about 6,500 are still imprisoned, among them some who have the dismal distinction of holding world records for the longest periods in detention of political prisoners.

Erdan has ordered intervention units to be put on standby and that a field hospital be set up outside one prison to avoid having to take sick prisoners to civilian hospitals, Israeli public radio reported Monday.

Meanwhile, tensions have been exacerbated by the decision to allow the first new Israeli settlements in the West Bank for two decades.

Many Palestinians see Barghouti's move as chiefly an internal power play in an attempt to send a message specifically to the Fatah leadership and to Abbas, who excluded Barghouti's loyalists from a recent Central Committee meeting and did not give Barghouti the anticipated position of deputy head of the PA.

And, in 2014, 800 prisoners staged a strike against administrative detention for 63 days before a reaching a deal with the Israeli prison authorities and deciding to end their strike. Palestinian prisoners and their families also remain a primary target of Israel's policy of imposing collective punishments.

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