Lawyer: Negev prisoners could start hunger strike in April
Published Sunday 09/03/2014 (updated) 09/03/2014 16:27
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners in a Negev prison in Israel say they could announce a hunger strike in April, a lawyer said.
A lawyer representing the Palestinian Prisoner's Society told Ma'an that prisoners in Israel's Ktziot prison told him that they have many reasons to begin a hunger strike.
Prisoners complain that family members are inspected in a "humiliating way" during visits. In addition, after family members visit jailed children, Israeli prison services sometimes hold them inside until the late evening, he said.
Prisoners also complained about bad treatment inside prison wards, as well as dire living conditions in general and a lack of appropriate medical services.
4,881 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Jan. 2014, according to Israeli human rights organization B'tselem. Another 1,415 were in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.
Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.