Report: Palestinian jailed in Israel to be treated as POW

May 22, 2011 16:44

A Palestinian prisoner in Israel on Sunday ended his 13-day hunger strike after the administration of the Israeli Eshel prison agreed to consider him a prisoner of war, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported quoting the Palestinian Prisoner's Club (PPC).

Kifah Hattab, 51, who was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison, demanded that the prison administration treat him as a prisoner of war in accordance with the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions and International law, WAFA said.

According to the report, the Eshel administration isolated Hattab over concern that his initiative would turn into a mass demand by prisoners. They banned him from seeing his lawyer or family, and Hattab apparently began his hunger strike while in solitary confinement on April 17.

The PPC said on Sunday that after negotiations, the Eshel administration agreed to move Hattab to a jail closer to his family's residence, and will also not force him to wear an orange prison uniform "which he said makes war prisoners appear as criminals."

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