Palestinian Authority halts its payments for Israeli electricity for Gaza

Long-term Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, who has been in prison for more than a decade, has spearheaded the hunger strike.

The Israeli forces fired teargas at protesters in the city of al-Khalil as well as in the town of al-Eizariya in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Led by Barghouti, more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike on April 17 to demand more prison visits, better medical care and improved treatment for female inmates.

"We call on the South African government and African Union to increase pressure on Israel so they can stop arbitrary arrests and the abuse of prisoners" said Hassona Aldramly, an official of the Palestinian Embassy in Pretoria. Prisoners had access to numerous conditions now being demanded, but Israeli authorities revoked some of them as retribution for the 2006 capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit and 2014 deadly kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers.

Catron is an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

"They are only allowed to see their families once a year".

Israel said Thursday, April 27, 2017, that it was informed that the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank will stop paying for electricity Israel sells to the Gaza Strip. Israel holds that conditions are in line with global standards.

The hunger strikers are now only ingesting water and salt and are protesting for better living conditions, including better medical care and access to telephones. "He has been in prison for 13 years", Rashidi said.

Israel subtracts this amount from the taxes it collects for the Palestinian Authority.

In the February 2015 trial of nonviolent organizer Abdullah Abu Rahme, for instance, Israeli military prosecutors sought a long prison sentence in order to deter what she called "ideological crimes" of political protest.

220.3 million that was released was for West Bank programs such as water, infrastructure, education, renewable energy, civil society, municipal governance, and the rule of law, as well as Gaza recovery. Israeli settlers living in the same territory, however, have the right to protest.

The solidarity action is supported by organisations including the National Coalition 4 Palestine, South African Jews for a Free Palestine, the Embassy of the State of Palestine, Ex Political Prisoners Association of South Africa, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, and religious organisations.

He is serving five life terms and several years in an Israeli jail for his role in a violent Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation. Our newsletter features a comprehensive round-up of the week's events.

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