The Media Committee of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ society, present the summary of the seventeenth day of the “Freedom and Dignity strike”, which is conducted by the prisoners’ movement in the Israeli jails.
For the seventeenth day, Palestinian detainees continue the battle of freedom and dignity, which was launched on April 17, 2017 to achieve their basic rights, from which they are deprived and which they have achieved previously through hunger strikes. Their demands are represented in ending the policy of administrative detention, ending the solitary confinement and the prevention of lawyers and family visits and other legitimate demands.
50 Detainees of the leaders of the National and Islamic factions announced joining the battle of freedom and dignity, along with their fellows on hunger strike since 17th April 2017, including Ahmad Sa’adat, the secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abbas al Sayyid, the vice chairman of the leadership commission of Hamas Detainees, Zaid Bsaisi, the chairman of the supreme leadership commission of Islamic Jihad detainees and Nael Barghouthi, who spent 37 years in the Israeli jails.
The striking detainee, Naser Abu Hmaid, sent a message in which he stresses that they are proceeding in their battle to the end in order to achieve their goal in regaining their just demands. He affirmed also that all attempts of the prisons’ administration to end the strike and conduct side negotiations have failed and will not succeed in undermining the determination of detainees on hunger strike. He also stressed that negotiations will not be conducted without the leadership of the strike, Marwan Barghuothi.
Rights Organizations, namely: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and Adalah Society, have obtained a decision from the Supreme Court of the occupation including a commitment from the Prisons’ administration to allow lawyers visits to the detainees on hunger strike. The decision came after a petition filed by these organizations against the prevention and obstruction of lawyers’ visits.
The prisons’ administration continues to escalate against detainees on hunger strike, especially in moving them between prisons in order to undermine their determination, in addition to refusing the negotiations with the leadership of the hunger strike.
Thousands of Palestinian people gathered in front of the Nelson Mandela Square in Ramallah in support of detainees on hunger strike.