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Hunger strike for Palestinian human rights: update

On Monday, May 14, Palestinian prisoners and Israeli authorities reached an agreement that ended the  hunger strike by the Palestinian prisoners.

Reports from today indicate that either three or four prisoners remain on hunger strikes, continuing their nonviolent resistance of refusal.

Thanks are in order for this development and for all who helped make it possible. Prayers are in order for those who have been on the hunger strike – for their health and wellbeing – for their nonviolent witness. Work is in order to recognize and respect the human rights of Palestinians. The effort to establish a just and durable peace for Palestinians and Israelis continues.

Agreement Signed Between Palestinian Prisoners and Israeli Prisons’ Administration – Palestinian News Network

On Monday, 14th May, Head of Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Qadura Fares, announced that an agreement between the Prisoners’ Committee in Ashkelon Prison and Israeli Prisons’ administration has been signed.
Fares confirmed that all the parties signed the agreement to end the open hunger strike that 1600 Palestinian prisoners have started since 28 days, with the presence of the representative of the Egyptian government

Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike as agreement reached with Israeli officials – Haaretz

Israel Prison Services reported on Monday that Palestinian prisoners have agreed to end their hunger strike. Senior sources within the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club told Haaretz that an agreement was forged between the Israel Prison Services and the prisoners, containing three main chapters concerning administrative detainees, solitary confinement policy, and visits from family members residing in Gaza.

Lawyer: Administrative detainees agree to end strike – Ma’an News Agency

Prisoners on long-term hunger strike agreed late Monday to join a deal ending the strikes in exchange for improved conditions, a lawyer said.

The Egyptian-brokered deal to end the mass hunger strike in Israeli jails will see the prisoners — including Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla on a 77-day strike — released at the end of their administrative detention term.
Ofir Gendelman, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Ma’an that all prisoners must end the hunger strike within 72 hours, and not later refuse food, for the deal to hold.

Palestinian inmates in Israel end mass hunger strike – BBC

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have agreed to end a mass hunger strike, which has been going on for more than two months.
More than 1,500 Palestinians have been refusing food to demand an improvement in conditions.
Under a deal, Israel conditionally agreed not to renew detentions without charge, which had been a key grievance.

Israel, Palestinian prisoners ink deal to end strike – Jerusalem Post

Israel and Palestinian security prisoners on Monday signed an Egyptian-mediated deal to end a 28-day hunger strike by inmates.
According to the terms of the agreement, Palestinian prisoners committed to refrain from involvement in “activities against security” within prison walls. In exchange, previously suspended benefits will be reinstated by the Prisons Service, including the renewal of familial visits and allowing inmates held in separate cells to return to the general prison population.

Deal reached over Palestinian hunger strike – Al Jazeera

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike have agreed on a deal with Israel to end their fast in return for an easing of their conditions, officials on both sides said.
The deal was reached after talks mediated by Egypt and the Palestinian Authority and made possible by the agreement of Palestinian groups “outside the prisons,” Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency said in statement on Monday.

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I like to eat. I do it well. I like it too much and do it to well according to most doctors. Perhaps that is why the idea of a hunger strike carries such a fascination for me. Putting one’s body and life on the line by refusing to eat is an incredible nonviolent witness that has been used by many people through the years.

During a recent trip to Belfast, I recalled the example of Bobby Sands MP and the nine others who died in Northern Ireland on hunger strike in 1981. As expected, I saw murals of Sands and the Republicans. What I had not expected to find among the murals was this expression of solidarity:

This image stayed with me all day as I thought and wrote about the Palestinians on hunger strike today.

Amnesty International has issued a call for urgent action that asks people around the world to contact Israeli authorities on behalf of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla, two Palestinian men who are at risk of death as they engage in the nonviolent action of a hunger strike. Both are being held without charge or trial by Israel.

They are not alone. Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons are staging a mass hunger strike to protest prison conditions and the practice of administrative detention. According to prison officials, at least 1,600 of the 4,600 Palestinians held by Israel are refusing food. Palestinians say about 2,500 strikers are striking.

The hunger strike calls for an end to administrative detention (a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial). Additional demands are:

  1. An end to the policy of solitary confinement and isolation which has been used to deprive Palestinian prisoners of their rights for more than a decade.
  2. To allow the families of prisoners from the Gaza Strip to visit prisoners. This right has been denied to all families for more than 6 years.
  3. An improvement in the living conditions of prisoners and an end to the ‘Shalit’ law, which outlaws newspapers, learning materials and many TV channels.
  4. An end to the policies of humiliation which are suffered by prisoners and their families such as strip searches, nightly raids, and collective punishment.

General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are among those who have called for an end to the use of administrative detention and who have urged the use of nonviolence as the way to pursue peace.

I pray for those who place their lives on the line through their refusal. I pray for those who are held in prisons. I pray for those who imprison others. I pray for those who manage prisons. I pray that human rights are honored, justice is done, and peace rolls down for Palestinians and Israelis alike. 

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