Source: Al Manar / The Dawn News / May 30, 2017
After 40 days of hunger strike, Palestinian prisoners got the Israeli occupation authorities to finally bow to their demands.
Last Saturday—the first day of Ramadan—Palestinian prisoners ended their hunger strike.
The chief of the committee in charge of Palestinian prisoners explained that around 4 a.m. Saturday, detainees, led by Marwan Barghouti, announced the end of the hunger strike. They reached an agreement with the occupation penitentiary forces after over 20 hours of negotiations in the Ashkelon prison.
Almost 1,600 Palestinian detainees went on hunger strike as a protest against the appalling conditions of detention.
Celebrations erupted in the Palestinian territories, for the prisoners’ victory. People went out on the streets waving flags and singing songs. On social media, there were congratulations to the 40-day hunger strike.
The strikers demanded better health services, family visits, the end of isolation treatment and more humane detention conditions.
At first, the occupation authorities refused to negotiate with the political prisoners. However, their massive commitment to this form of peaceful protest generated an international wave of solidarity and criticism to the Israeli regime.
Around 30 prisoners had to be hospitalized over the last few days due to the impact of the hunger strike on their health, according to the penitentiary administration.
Palestinian expert Abdel Mayid Suilem says this is a victory of prisoners over the occupation forces. “Israeli authorities, who were firmly against negotiating with the representatives of detainees, were forced to do so,” he said to AFP. “It now remains to be seen whether Israel will honor its commitments,” he added.
Prisoners turned the eyes of the world on the detention conditions of the 6,500 Palestinians imprisoned by the Zionist entity, including children, and denounced the Israel legal system, which is forced onto Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied terirtories.
The destiny of prisoners is a sensible issue for Palestinians, since over 850,000 of them (over a total population of 4.5 million) have been in Zionist prisons since the occupation of their lands in 1967.