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Prisoners group: Hunger strikes affecting detainees' health
Published Monday 03/10/2011 (updated) 05/10/2011 02:19
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Palestinians hold signs calling for the release of prisoners in Israeli jails
including cancer sufferer Akram Mansour, at a protest in front of the
International Red Cross headquarters in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya,
on April 7, 2011. (MaanImages/Khaleel Reash)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner in Israel's Ashkelon jail is suffering from repeated fainting spells after taking part in a hunger strike against worsening prison conditions, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said Monday.

Palestinian detainees in prisons across Israel are on hunger strike for the seventh consecutive day in protest against being forced into isolation cells and being deprived of family visits.

Akram Mansour, who has been serving a life sentence since August 1979, has brain cancer and the hunger strike is affecting his health causing black outs, the society said.

The Israeli prison service refused to transfer Mansour to the prison clinic, they added.

The society also said hunger strikers in the southern Israeli jail feared retaliation from prison guards, after authorities entered their rooms and photographed them.

On Sunday, prisoner support group Addameer said Palestinian detainees affiliated to Hamas and Fatah were joining the Popular Front prisoners who launched the strike, primarily over the policy of solitary confinement.

According to latest reports from the Palestinian Authority, 6,000 Palestinians are being detained in Israeli prisons, including 219 in Administrative Detention who are held without charge.
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1 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
03/10/2011 14:50
They made their choice, food is availlable, all they have to do is open their mouthss to eat it, end of problem, other they're still remaining in jaul

I''s nice to know they can protest their conditiions, Gilad Shalit isn't able to,
nor can his family stand outside his prison, they don't know where it is

2 ) elias / palestine
03/10/2011 17:14
proud for their stance!

3 ) Matthew / UK
04/10/2011 01:26
The day before Gilad Shalit was captured, two Palestinian civilians were captured. Shalit was a soldier involved in a military mission, he was captured as a combatant not a civilian. These prisoners were captured as political prisoners, not as part of a military establishment, and many Palestinian prisoners are kept in prison having no trial and witnesses, and are subjected to Administrative law which allows them to be held in such way, and this to be renewed every 6 months. Solidarity to them.

4 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
04/10/2011 07:32
Protesting harsh conditions such as advanced academic courses. I have no sympathy for this bunch of molycoddled spoiled recipients of aid.

5 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
04/10/2011 16:18
3 ) Matthew / UK

Matthew, you can't show solidarity if you aren't with them, and I'll bet you're not fasting either, most likely saving your strength of some new street riots

Palestinian prisoners are able to receive visitors & legal counc-sel, Shalit, according to the Geneva Convention, is entitled to both ICRC & counsel, from let's say the Swiss, who are neutral

6 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
04/10/2011 16:21
They have what to eat, if they refuse it's their choice, not something they are being subjected to

It's a waste of tears

Matthew & Elias, show your solidarity, fast with them !!!

7 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
04/10/2011 17:31
2 ) elias

FAST WITH THEM!!

8 ) southparkbear / usa
06/10/2011 05:15
elias me too. lets' agree just in case some die we find a way to keep them standing
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