Ramallah prisoner demonstration 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Israel Police Service (IPS) defended the treatment of Palestinian prisoners after some 234 joined a hunger strike that began on September 27
protesting the enforced isolation of 50 prisoners belonging to the
Popular Front terror organization from the general prison population.
to the IPS, the separation is fully legal and carried out according to a
court order. Prisoners are under daily medical supervision, and their
health conditions are satisfactory, the IPS said, adding that prisoners have regular visitations by International Red Cross representatives.
Palestinians say Israel using Schalit as a distraction
that are participating in the hunger strike claim that the prison
service has harmed their living conditions since Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu called for tougher restrictions after talks with Hamas to
free kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit failed.
Prisoners participating in the hunger striker released the following statement: "We protest the fact
that we are being separated from general prison population."
The IPS has said it is able to deal with unexpected developments.
Around 6,000 Palestinians are detained in Israeli prisons, according to
Palestinian Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqea, who said last week that most
of those not on the open-ended strike were nonetheless shunning food for
three days every week in solidarity with the others.
Rights groups have claimed that the government clampdown on prisoners included preventing access
to books, educational programs and new clothes, expanding solitary
confinement, cutting back on family visits and forcing detainees to meet
their lawyers with their hands cuffed.