- Published on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:15
On Tuesday, 1st May, Minister of Detainees and Ex-Detainee, Issa Qaraqe, made an appeal to all international humanitarian institutions, sponsors of prisoners' rights and supporters of peace and freedom around the world to immediately intervene to save the lives of the Palestinian administrative detainees imprisoned by Israel who are on a hunger strike.
Qaraqe said that due to Israel's policy of ignoring the Palestinian prisoners' rights and lives, the prisoners are threatened by the possibility of death at any moment.
In his appeal, Qaraqe talked about the deteriorating health condition of the striker prisoners Bilal Diab, Thaer Halahla, Ja'far Ezz al-Deen, Fares al-Natour, Mohammad Taj and Omar Abu Shalal, saying said that Israel intends to execute them by refusing to respond to their legal requests to cancel their administrative detention.
Qaarqe asked that people around the world stand by striker prisoners and support them in their campaign to stop the crimes that the Israeli government commits against prisoners, which violate international laws and agreements.
Qadoura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society, said that the hunger strike that Palestinian prisoners started in the Israeli prisons is entering its 15th day and it will continue despite the promises of the prisons' administration to solve several issues within 10 days.
Qadoura told a London-based newspaper that "in one prison, 105 prisoners joined the hunger strike, and in another prison 55 prisoners joined the strike."
Yesterday in Hadarim prison, the prison's administration – represented by its director Aharoun Franco – met the leaders of the Captive Movement in Prisons – represented by Marwan al-Barghouti, Karim Younes, Nasser Abu Srour, Thabet Merdawi, and Abdul Nasser Issa – as the director of the prisons' administration confirmed that the special committee formed to study the prisoners' requests had finished its work and will respond to these requests within 10 days.