Palestinians plan Thursday strike to support prisoners

Palestinians plan Thursday strike to support prisoners

Barghouti is now reported to be entering the second week of a hunger strike in protest against what he described as the "collective punishment against the Palestinian prisoners".

Barghouti is 57 years old and serving five life sentences over his role in the second intifada.

The Palestinian lawmaker has been along with more than 1,000 prisoners on a hunger strike since April 17.

An Israeli Prisons Service spokesman denied that a decline in his health condition had been observed.

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Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs chairman Issa Qaraqe said that Barghouthi was suffering from a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels. They have issued demands ranging from better medical care to phone access.

Some 850,000 Palestinians have been incarcerated since the start of Israel's occupation 50 years ago, Palestinian leaders say.

According to Palestinian figures, Israel is now holding more than 6,000 Palestinians - including 57 women and 300 children - at 24 prisons and detention centers. These unlawful practices of imprisonment are used as a tool of political repression and are carried out with the full backing of Israel's apartheid judicial system.

-The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate called on the Palestinian radio stations to dedicate an open broadcast to cover the incidents of "freedom and dignity hunger strike" on its tenth day, (Wednesday 26/4/2017).

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Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon reacted harshly to a letter by Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti which was distributed to the members of the Security Council.

He was convicted of attacks that killed five people, though declined to defend himself and did not recognise the court's legitimacy.

The warden of Al-Jalama asked fellow Palestinian prisoner Nasser Abu Hmeid to convince Barghouthi to take the medicine, the media committee said, but Abu Hmeid refused, reportedly saying that "if Marwan Barghouthi dies, he will die a martyr".

Demonstrations have been held in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip to support the prisoners, occasionally resulting in clashes with Israeli forces, though they have been limited in number.

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