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Qaraqe: If a hunger striker dies, UN will lose credibility
Published Saturday 09/02/2013 (updated) 13/02/2013 16:54
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Activists hold placards during a protest outside Israel's Ramle prison
near Tel Aviv calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from
Israeli jails, Feb. 4. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority minster of prisoners warned Saturday that if any of the Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails dies the credibility of the UN and all international human rights organizations will be at risk.

Issa Qaraqe urged international groups to intervene immediately in order to save the lives of the hunger strikers, in comments during a welcome ceremony for freed prisoners in Tubas.

Palestinians have launched hunger strikes in Israeli jail to protest their detention and conditions. Several prisoners have been on strike for months.

Samer Issawi, from East Jerusalem, last week stopped drinking water after refusing food for 190 days. Jafar Azzidine and Tarek Qaadan have been on hunger strike for 72 days.



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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/02/2013 17:13
As far as we're concerned, the UN and so called "human rights" groups have no credibility to begin with.

2 ) Outlier / USA
09/02/2013 17:52
A ridiculous claim. Playing to the street.

3 ) Reader / from Edmonton
09/02/2013 18:03
Another bold statement from Brian Cohen which reveals the inner working of the man. But why complain when he can't do anything about it. Hopeless.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/02/2013 22:36
Gosh, Edmonchuck, what inner workings are revealed? And, of course, did you see me complaining? I was just stating fact. Then again, maybe we should use your Canadian method. And just what is that? Well, who does Alberta really belong to, you, dear reader and all your fellow European occupation settlers, or the natives who you stole the land from? Isn't it time you got off your illegal settlement in Edmonton and paid back the hundreds of billions in oil profits you stole?

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
10/02/2013 11:20
Dear hopeless, all Canadian citizens know that it is useless to complain about those who are wilfully ignorant. When the British Crown signed treaties with those who came before, we became citizens under one law with equal rights for all.

6 ) @ (Delusional) Reader-3 & -5 / The World
10/02/2013 18:32
All citizens of the entire World know: - THE UN PARTITIONED (1948) the British Mandate into Jewish & Arab states, but THE ARABS REJECTED it, and Arabs invaded Israel, - THE UN BROKERED a numerous CEASEFIRES, but always THE ARABS eventually REJECT, and either invade or just terrorize, and - now THE UN "CREATES" A (paper) STATE, on (1967) borders that it never had, and State of ISRAEL JUST IGNORES it, so as Brian says, - Clearly "the UN have Zero Credibility" !!!!

7 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/02/2013 00:46
Clown No. 6 knows or should know that Israeli citizen terrorists had already invaded territories outside Israel's legal borders in June 1948. Clown No. 6 knows or should know that Israel expelled non-Jews from their homes in Israel to maintain a Jewish majority. Everyone else knows.

8 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/02/2013 00:54
It is no accident that the UN, of which Israel sought and gained membership, has resolution after resolution supporting the Palestinian position: and Israel has none. So it's not surprising that Clown #6 thinks the the UN has zero credibility as the UN IN NO WAY supports Israel's claims outside its partition borders. Not now: not ever: written in stone.

9 ) Outlier / USA
15/02/2013 01:59
Peace will be made by the two parties - NOT by the UN. If the two parties decide through negotiations that boundaries will extend outside the original petition, they will and the UN will accept their decision.

10 ) Reader / from Edmonton
15/02/2013 19:40
Bilateral negotiations must observe standing protocols. The UN recognizes both Israel's and the State of Palestine's borders. The State of Palestine recognizes Israel's borders. Only Israel doesn't respect the UN, the State of Palestine, or Israel's borders. Where do we start?
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