Prisoners show solidarity with hunger strikers

Some 4,500 Palestinian prisoners launch one-day hunger strike in protest passing of security prisoner in Megiddo Prison.

February 25, 2013 01:07
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Palestinian protest flame HawaraCheckpoint 370. (photo credit: Abed Omar Qusini)

Around 4,500 security prisoners in Israel’s jails sent back all three of their meals on Sunday in a show of solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers, and to protest the passing of a security prisoner in Megiddo Prison on Saturday.

Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Veitzman said the protest included nearly all the security prisoners in the country, but that the service did not view the action as a hunger strike.

On Sunday morning, Veitzman said that the Prisons Service expected the protest to last one, possibly three, days. By Sunday evening, however, she said the service did not know whether it would continue on Monday, and no longer had a clear assessment of how long it would last.

She added that while the protest had not included violence on the part of any of the security prisoners, prison personnel were on a higher state of alert than usual.

In addition, she said, only security prisoners were taking part in the protest, not Israeli Arabs serving time for criminal offenses.

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