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Why are they striking anyway?
their demands are :
to be treated on the 4th geneva convention agreements ,http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/full/380
and they focus mostly on :
1.re allawing the the right of learning which they were denied ,and for those of you who dont know the palestinian presoners in the israeli jails lots of them are PhD and Masters holders.
2.end the isolation policy were the presoners are kept inside a cell that they are not allawed to leave at all where in these cells the sun is never seen but all the cell has is an air condetion and a suction to take the bad air some presoners have been in the isolation since ten years.
3.to stop the policy of handcufing their hands and legs when their families come to visit them .
4.allaw the visit for 650 presoners from gaza who were band from seeing their families since fivve years.
5.supply the medical attintion for over than 1200 patients presoners of which some have chronic deseases 25 of them have cancer and the israeli atourity is not allawing any attention to them .
6.stop the policy of the strip search that the presoners are subjected to evry time the jailers feel like it.
7.stop the taking of DNA samples from presoners by force.
8.removal of the walles that are made of glass because it prevents free air around the jail and replace it back with the parper wire that was there in the first place.
9.increase the time of the famly visits for a whole hour.
10.allaw the presoners to see their children.
11.allawing more family members to come and see the presoners not just there mothers and fathers or only certain members without others.
12.impresonmet of the presoners should be near the place of resedance where they live outside so their family can come visit them.
13.allaw the family to visit them without a net or glass as they were before.
14.allaw for the familyes to supply the presoners with new clothes as they used to before.
15.allaw the familyes to take picture with their sons.
16.gather the presoners who are related from first degree in the same preson like a father or brother .
17.allawing their families to see them as they arrive without stalling them for no reason.
18.allawing the familys to buy them food without puting a limit on how much food.
19.allawing them to have any drink they want not just the sprite.
20.allawing the presoners to send out for their familyes the hand made art work they make in jail.
21.allawing the entering of all kinds of cigarits and smokes and videos and CDs and games thats brought for them from their families.
and this is just a small thing ill write tommorow more am translating from what i found on this site.
here is a translated copy by google i think its fair enough
We need to know the most germane answer to a question that is central to this issue.
Why are they there in the first place? How many are serving sentences for terror and related offenses?
They are not there for Blue Collar crimes and if they did not engage in these highly criminal acts than they would be sitting with their families and friends at home.
Prison should not be Club Med and frankly I have no sympathy for prisoner that have murdered and than expect luxuries.
Palestinians demand UN action on hunger strikers
By Abbas Momani (AFP) – 5 hours ago
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Dozens of Palestinians blocked UN offices in the West Bank on Wednesday to demand action over hunger striking prisoners, prompting UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to call on Israel to stop the detainees' condition worsening.
The demonstrators, who stopped UN employees from entering the building in the West Bank town of Ramallah, waved banners reading: "UNjust" and "UNfair."
More than a third of the 4,700 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel are currently observing an open-ended hunger strike.
Two of them -- Bilal Diab, 27, and Thaer Halahla, 33 -- are marking their 71st day without eating in protest at their being held without charge under a procedure known as administrative detention which allows Israel to hold suspects indefinitely for renewable periods of up to six months.
Another five prisoners have been refusing food for between 48 and 66 days.
The vast majority began refusing food on April 17 to demand improved conditions, including increased access to lawyers and family visits, an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention.
Until now, Israel has rejected all appeals lodged by the hunger strikers, has refused them family visits and only briefly transferred one of them to a civilian hospital, sparking mounting protests from human rights groups as well as the UN.
"We note with disappointment your silence ever since this protest movement began in December 2011," protest organisers said in an open letter to Ban, referring to the month when a prisoner called Khader Adnan began a 66-day hunger strike which put the international spotlight on the issue of administrative detention.
Adnan ended his strike in mid-February after Israel agreed not to extend his detention. He was released on April 17.
"This stands in stark contrast to your vocal and persistent remarks in support of formerly incarcerated Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit," the organisers said, referring to a soldier who was held captive by Gaza's Hamas rulers for more than five years and released in October last year.
"We urge you to take a firm and vocal position in opposition to Israel's abuse and violation of Palestinian prisoners' rights," it said, demanding that the UN "encourage member states to stand against these gross human rights' violations."
Ban later issued a statement through his spokesman calling on Israel to take action to prevent the longer-term hunger strikers' condition worsening.
"The secretary general continues to follow with concern the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, in particular, those held in what is known as 'administrative detention'," spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
Ban "reiterates that those detained must be charged and face trial with judicial guarantees, or released without delay," Nesirky added.
"He stresses the importance of averting any further deterioration in their condition."
Diab's lawyer, Jamil Khatib, said his client had been transferred out of a civilian hospital and returned to the infirmary wing of Ramle prison near Tel Aviv on Monday, despite his chronic condition.
He also said Diab, Halahla and three other long-term hunger strikers had begun refusing all intravenous liquids as well as any medical treatment from staff at the infirmary.
"Since yesterday (Tuesday), they have refused IVs and treatment from the prison staff as well as medical check-ups," he said.
"They are continuing their strike and are willing to continue until death. Their morale is high and they intend to stop drinking water soon," he warned.
On Tuesday, both the European Union and the Red Cross issued statements expressing concern about the plight of the longer-term hunger strikers and urged Israel to provide them with proper medical care.
Sussan, Are you aware that the "Administrative Detention" law dates back to the British? I believe that this is still on the books in Britain itself and I believe was used in Northern Ireland during the troubles there. Can you also tell us how many IRA terrorists died in British prisons while on hunger strike during the Thatcher era?
The EU and Red Cross would be much better served by using their "expertise" where it is actually needed at this time-IRAN and SYRIA and even in EGYPT.
The Terrorists and terror suspects are where they belong and Israel is within their rights.
there is a precedent as we speak. Guantanamo anyone?
So the reason for the strike is "demand improved conditions, including increased access to lawyers and family visits, an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention." - Honestly could not care less about the situation of prisioners who refuse to eat.. If they die it will be less crowded... On the hand I would hate to think Israeli prisions are as bad as its neighbors prisions. As far as I understood many palestinian prisoners earn degrees in prison, watch TV etc... Is this not true? Are conditions so unusually bad? How do they compare to PA prisions?