Haniyeh urges continuation of 'prisoners' intifada'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 3, 2013 23:03

Hamas PM in Gaza calls on Palestinians to show support for prisoners in Israeli jails: "We will fight in all arenas."




Ismail Haniyeh

Haniyeh 521. (photo credit: reuters)

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday called on Palestinians to continue what he termed the "prisoners' intifada" in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

The Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency quoted Haniyeh as saying, "We will fight in all arenas, take responsibility and pay the toll for the sake of their freedom."

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Protests and riots, marked by rock-throwing at Israeli security forces, have erupted in the West Bank in the past several weeks in support of four hunger-striking Palestinians in Israeli prisons. The upheaval intensified last week when Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died in Megiddo Prison. The Palestinian Authority has contended that he died as a result of torture, a claim Israel has denied.

Haniyeh said at a Gaza event in support of prisoners on Sunday that the hunger strikers and protests in solidarity with them " tell the story of a people and a cause. They tell a story of imprisonment and a blessed march of Jihad on the land of Palestine, namely in prisons."


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