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Over 4,000 prisoners launch hunger strike in Israeli jails
Published Sunday 24/02/2013 (updated) 25/02/2013 17:02
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A child, with hands chained, takes part in a protest calling for the
release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.(MaanImages/file)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Some 4,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched hunger-strike action on Sunday to protest the death of Arafat Jaradat, who died in Israel's Megido jail a day earlier.

A spokeswoman for Israel's Prison Authority told Ma'an that around 4,500 prisoners in Israeli jails are refusing food from prison authorities.

Arafat Jadarat, 30, died on Saturday in the Israeli jail of Megido, allegedly from a cardiac arrest.

Israel's internal security service, Shin Bet, said in a statement that during an interrogation on Thursday Jadarat was examined "numerous times" by a doctor and no health problems were found so the procedure continued.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees Issa Qaraqe said that "Jaradat was being interrogated and then he died. Therefore we call for an international investigation into his death, that may have resulted from torture."

According to Shin Bet, Jadarat suffered from health problems prior to his arrest, including back aches and injuries in his leg and stomach, sustained from a rubber bullet and a tear gas canister.

His family told Ma'an that Arafat was in good health before his arrest and did not suffer from any diseases or health conditions.

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expressed his "deep sorrow and shock" over Jadarat's death, calling on Israel to hold an immediate inquiry.

The international community must pressure Israel to abide by international law and release all prisoners held under administrative detention, he said, adding that detaining Palestinians in jails inside Israel is a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PA ministry of detainees official Ziad Abu Ein said Saturday that the ministry would request that a Palestinian doctor examine the body and conduct an autopsy.

He called on the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross to take part in the examination.

Jaradat was arrested this week under suspicion he was involved in stone-throwing that had wounded an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank, the Shin Bet said.

There are 4,743 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 178 administrative detainees, 10 women and 193 children, according to Addameer.

Arafat Jadarat.(MaanImages)


Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) GB / Canada
24/02/2013 12:24
his death confirms the jail condition of Palestinians under Israel aparthei state. Torture at the maximum, It is enough of abusing these people. Finish the occupation

2 ) Palestinian / occupied Palestine
24/02/2013 17:04
same old story: israel never ever admits to killing any palestinian under interrogation. they either claim the victim killed himself or died of a heart attach. torturing palestinians is acceptable in israel & not forbidden. israeli interrogators torture unarmed palestinians to death & claim they died of heart attach. jaradat's family saw his body & they said there were signs of torture & blood on the body. he was murdered & israel will continue to kill palestinians because the world is silent.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
24/02/2013 18:02
Most of said detainees are under adminsitrative detention. They are held in communicado for , practicaly , forever. On top of that held under brutal conditions , bad food , bad facilities , being bullied by prison guards , with limited access to their lawyers and family visits. For all practical reasons , those jails are concentration camps w/o the smoke stacks. Prisoners there are not their to be punished in the hope to be reformed ( according to Israeli standards) , but are there to DIE.

4 ) NOBODY DIES / WHEN ARABS
24/02/2013 18:09
DO NOT SHOOT NOBODY!

5 ) Palasine / Palastine
24/02/2013 19:43
Fuck israhell

6 ) Prison / Jail
01/03/2013 16:41
More imprisoned terrorists are on hunger strike - more prison administration can save on food. It is very economical way to run the prison system in the time of world economic crisis.

7 ) Negotiated Peace / Or Nothing
02/03/2013 16:31
- IF Palestinian prisoners want change, they can forget hunger-strikes, and instead they must keep their agreements with Israel, and - IF the Palestinian Authority wants real statehood for the people, they can forget resistance, terror, & Intifadas, and they must reach a final negotiated peace agreement with Israel.
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