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Barghouthi, Saadat to go on hunger strike
Published Tuesday 20/05/2014 (updated) 22/05/2014 18:36
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Muhannad Shalatwa holds a photo of his brother Mahmoud, a
Palestinian prisoner who he says has been held in administrative
detention for over two years, at a rally to support hunger striking
prisoners on May 13, 2014 (MaanImages/Graham Liddell)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Jailed Palestinian leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat have announced that they will go on hunger strike on Wednesday, a senior official said.

Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Tuesday that over 120 Palestinian prisoners, including the two jailed leaders, will go on hunger strike for one day in support of administrative detainees who have been refusing meals for nearly four weeks.

The day-long solidarity hunger strike will be a warning to the Israeli Prison Service, urging it to comply with the demands of hunger striking prisoners held without trial, Qaraqe said in a statement.

Marwan Barghouthi is a key figure in the Palestinian Fatah movement and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Ahmad Saadat is the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Some 120 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike in protest of their detention without charge or trial in Israeli jails. Most of them started their hunger strike 26 days ago. They are demanding Israel change its policy of administrative detention.

Fifteen administrative detainees have been hospitalized since the strike began on April 24, Qaraqe's statement said.

It added that 15 prisoners in Ashkelon prison warned they would join the open hunger strike Sunday if the administrative detainees' demands were not met.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, "unlike a criminal proceeding, administrative detention is not intended to punish a person for an offense already committed, but to thwart a future danger."

"The entire procedure is secret: administrative detainees are not told the reason for their detention or the specific allegations against them. ... Since the detainees do not know the evidence against them, they are unable to refute it," B'Tselem said in a May 11 report.

On May 14, 2012, some 2,000 Palestinian prisoners ended a 27-day hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israel. Under the terms of the deal, around 400 prisoners from Gaza would be allowed receive family visits and administrative detainees would be either freed or charged.

According to Addameer, Israel also agreed to limit the use of administrative detentions to exceptional cases, but reneged on the deal, renewing the detention of several prisoners and continuing to regularly implement the policy.
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1 ) Two Biographies / Six Lives
20/05/2014 15:47
- Marwan Barghouthi was convicted of 5 counts of murder in 2004, and
- Ahmad Saadat was imprisoned in Jericho by the Palestinian Authority in 2002, for the murder of Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Ze'evi, and
in 2006 Israeli forces siezed him, after US & British monitors left due to security concerns !!
- Neither regrets murdering Jews, so whether they eat or refuse food,
* THESE TWO HAVE SIX LIFE SENTENCES TO SERVE,
& receive far more humane treatment than they deserve.

2 ) Ya'akov Ben-Israel / USA
20/05/2014 19:29
Mr. Barghouthi would be the natural leader of the Palistinian people who could consolidate a Peace Treaty with the State of Israel if Israel would just free him. All the Hydrogen bombs and Police State security will never allow the State of Israel and its people to live in Peace. Only compromise by both sides will lead to Peace. Sincerely, Ya'akov Ben-Israeli

3 ) Robert / US
20/05/2014 20:51
#1 they had every right to expell thugs from their land , you tend to forget.. what happened at the king david hotel and alot of other events , are these no different ?

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
20/05/2014 22:48
Seriously. If they choose to starve themselves to death, so be it. They were convicted of murdering civilians, yet no doubt the American, Australian, Dutch and Swiss supporters of Palestinian war crimes will whine and moan and demand their release in numerous comments bordering on the insane. Well, in at least one case over the border and definitely insane. If they choose to die - let them.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
20/05/2014 23:44
*1 You obviously you have trouble counting, otherwise you would have added up the life sentences Zionist war criminals should be serving - too many for you to count?
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