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Minister: Detainees suspend strike after deal on isolation
Published Monday 17/10/2011 (updated) 18/10/2011 15:44
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians jailed in Israel suspended a three-week hunger strike on Monday, the minister of detainee affairs in Ramallah said.

Issa Qaraqe told the official Wafa news agency that prisoners ended the strike after Israeli prison authorities agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement.

Israel will stop holding detainees in isolation on Tuesday, immediately after releasing 477 prisoners in a swap deal to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Qaraqe said.

Prisoners went on hunger strike on Sept. 27 to protest harsher conditions since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to toughen measures in June to pressure Hamas to free Shalit.

An end to solitary confinement was a key demand of the strikers.

The protest was started by detainees affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, whose leader Ahmad Saadat has been held in isolation for three years. Saadat, who joined the hunger strike, was one of several prominent prisoners left out of the swap deal.

PFLP central committee member Jamil Mizhir warned on Monday that the movement would take action against Israel after receiving reports that Saadat had been transferred to hospital.

Mizhir said in a statement that the group blamed Israel for his health condition,

"If Saadat's condition is at risk, the PFLP response will be very harsh," Mizhir warned.

According to recent estimates from the Palestinian Authority, there are currently 6,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.
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1 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
17/10/2011 23:27
I can fully understand why the resented Isolation, some of them ar A/C D/C, their favorite number is 69

2 ) Danny / UK
17/10/2011 23:55
'Ben Jabo' are you suggesting that some of the prisoners are homosexual? And if so, are you claiming that to be a bad thing or something to poke fun at? Surely such behaviour could not come from a citizen of the only liberal democracy in the middle east...?

3 ) keyboard / israel
18/10/2011 00:18
let him go to hell

4 ) southparkbear / usa
18/10/2011 00:21
so Ben they are addicted, I knew this must be the main reason

5 ) Julie / USA
18/10/2011 02:05
#1 stop projecting your suppressed fantasies onto others, it only reflects your own pathetic status. hard to believe you haven't shamed yourself into non-existence by now, BUT....surely, soon, soon...and the world will breathe in huge relief.

6 ) Carlos / USA
18/10/2011 13:24
Gilad said all Palestinian prisoners should be freed. Hurray for Sadaat for embarassing Israel. Israel breaks all laws. It murders, arrests without reason, ignores all UN resolutions. It pretends to be against capital punishment but executes prisoners when it is able to arrest them. It executed many innocent people who happened to be mistaken for who Israel wanted to disappeared. Remember Furkan Dogan US citizen murdered by Israel on May 31, 2010. Ironic he was murdered on Memorial Day.

7 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
20/10/2011 02:36
6 ) Carlos / USA

Gilad would have said anything, all he wanted was to get back into Israel,
the interview was made under duress

For over 5 years, Gilad said he wanted to go home, nobody listened

5) Julie, you're going to come here to do something about it,writing letters isn't adequate, most especailly while your doing the writing from your haven in the USA


8 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
20/10/2011 05:35
Julie, speaking of fantasies, you are in the USA, pretending that you're contributing something, which you're not, since you're not here, never have been and in all likelihood, never intending to come
Just another blowhard trying to be important
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