UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk spoke Wednesday in support of the 1,550
Palestinian prisoners who have been on a hunger strike since April 17.
a statement he issued to the media from Geneva, he said he was appalled by human
rights violations against Palestinians in Israeli prisons.
Falk, who is
tasked with investigating the situation of human rights under Israeli military
rule in the West Bank, said the hunger strike was an act of collective
nonviolent resistance against Israeli “occupation.” The prisoners, he said, were
also protesting unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detention and bad prison
“I urge the government of Israel to respect its international
human rights obligations towards all Palestinian prisoners,” Falk
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