Hours before the arrival of USA President Donald Trump to Bethlehem for a meeting with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the families of 1,500 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners sent a letter to Trump telling him that Palestinian prisoners are Freedom Fighters according International law and they do not want them to die inside Israeli Prisons.
The prisoners have been on a 37 day hunger strike starting on prisoner’s day, 17 April. The hunger strike is led by PLO leader, Marwan Barghouthi.
According the letter, the prisoner families said :”In this part of the Holy Land, 37 days ago, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike. They preferred hunger instead lack of dignity, and chose the empty intestines war instead of depriving them of their basic rights.”
The later added that they demand to improve conditions of their lives, their right to see their children, and contact with their families, adequate health care, and stop arresting , imprison them without a fair trial.
“We, the families of the prisoners, demand that our children do not face death behind the bars of Israeli prisons.
Hundreds of our children, fathers and husbands are fighting death in what Israel calls field hospitals, in fact its cells where detention continues without any respect for the health, human dignity and lives.
The letter said that they are not murderers or terrorists as the occupation authorities claim, they are fighting for freedom, dignity and the realization of the human rights recognized to them and their people under all international laws and conventions.
The letters also added :” As Palestinians we have a lot to contribute and to offer to the world.
We have presented models of resistance, freedom and independence and that our prisoners demand to be treated with respect, and with the same dignity that is dealt with detainees around the world and in accordance with the standards set out in international humanitarian law, which the United States of America has contributed to its formulation and always demands to implement it .
The prisoners families also said in the letters to Trump:”We believe that you have the ability to enough influence on the Israeli government to end the suffering of our captive children in Israeli jails. In this spirit, we call upon you as President of the United States and its Government to take care of the issue of our prisoners and to intervene urgently to save them from the danger of death and to ensure that they meet their just humanitarian demands.
In the end of the later the prisoner families said :”As the prisoner Marwan Barghouti, who leads this hunger strike, said, the last day of the occupation is the first day of peace”.