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Palestinian Hunger Strike Officially Suspended After Reaching An Agreement
The hunger striking Palestinian detainees in various Israeli prisons have suspended their hunger strike, on Saturday at dawn, after a 20-hour session of talks, led by imprisoned legislator Marwan Barghouthi, and other senior political prisoners, with the Israeli Prison Authority.
The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe, and the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society Qaddoura Fares, said in a press release that the detainees have reached an agreement with the Israeli authorities, regarding their legitimate demands, and have officially suspended their strike.
They added that the agreement came after extensive talks between detained leaders and the prison authority, lasting for twenty hours.
The talks and the subsequent agreement came although Israel kept refusing any negotiations with detainees, especially with Marwan Barghouthi.
The hunger strike, held by 1800 detainees, started on April 17th, which also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day’, and for 41 days, Israel believed that the strike will fail, and escalated its assaults and violations against the detainees, who remained steadfast, despite the life-threatening conditions many of them faced.
The agreement came just as the Muslims in Palestine, and around the world, began the holy month of Ramadan.
Chairman of the Detainees Affairs Commission, Issa Qaraqe, stated today that 80% of the demands of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, who ended their 41-day hunger strike on Saturday, have been met by the Israeli authorities.
He said, according to WAFA, that these achievements came thanks to the agreement concluded between the leaders of the strike and the Israel Prison Service on May 26-27. “A substantial transformation has been achieved by this strike. This constitutes an important achievement to be built on in the future,” Qaraqe remarked.
Following are the main demands that have been met by the Israeli authorities in the aftermath of the strike, as published by the Detainees Affairs Commission:
• Improving the standards for telephone communication between the prisoners and their family members outside the prison.
• Lifting the security prohibition on hundreds of family members who are banned from visiting their imprisoned relatives.
• Initial acceptance for increasing the number of family visits for Palestinian prisoners from Gaza.
• Improving the standards for visits of family members of the second degree to their imprisoned relatives.
• Improving the imprisonment conditions of female prisoners and gathering them in one prison.
• Improving detention conditions of minor prisoners.
• Allowing the prisoners to receive meals while they are being transferred between prisons.
• Improving the standards for taking pictures with family members during family visitation.
• Improving the system of “canteens” in terms of quality and quantity.
• Resolving the issue of overcrowding in prisons.
• Providing an ICU ambulance in multiple prisons.
• Other achievements.