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NEWS: Palestinian Hunger Strike

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posted on Aug, 15 2004 @ 06:56 PM
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Palestinian inmates (approx 1,600) have gone on hunger strike in Israeli detention facilities, claiming a non-political protest against harsh conditions, including better contact with relatives and improved sanitary conditions. Authorities 'wont bow to pressure' and inmates could starve to death.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
About 1,600 Palestinians in Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike to protest at conditions they say are humiliating and unnecessary.
But Israel's security minister said they would not bow to pressure and the prisoners could "starve to death".

The inmates' demands include an end to strip searches and more prison visits.

Israel argues that prisoners continue to plan attacks from within jail and their contact with the outside world must be restricted as far as possible.


As far as I'm concerned, they can strike for a day, a month, until death

Tzahi Hanegbi
Israeli Internal Security Minister

The open-ended hunger strike is currently taking place in several jails, and organisers of the protest say most of the around 7,500 Palestinians held by Israel are expected to join it by the end of the week.




Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Can we expect Arab sympathy in any 'war on terror' if we cannot moderate our 'ally' in the region? Surely the death of thousands of prisoners, guilty or not, protesting against the same kinds of treatment people in Europe and the US were concerned about happening in Iraq and Cuba, will add much unnecessary flames to general Arab opinion. As Israel's chief guarantor, perhaps this could be the time for a little friendly pressure from the US.

Related News Links:
www.haaretzdaily.com

[edit on 8-15-2004 by Valhall]




posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 12:49 AM
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Hallo??

I suggest you READ the link you provided.


Those inmates have been jailed in Israel for security related reasons, most of them have been being held since the outbreak of the intifada, in October 2000. (At that point, there were only 800 security inmates in Israeli prisons.)

The Prisons Service warned that if the inmates proceed with the hunger strike, they will lose privileges currently available to them, such as having television sets.


The hunger strike is being organized by the heads of the security prisoners, whose dominant leadership is affiliated with HAMAS.





haaretz (the link you provided)

"I reject outright all the terrorists' requests," Hanegbi said Friday, claiming that the strike was being organized by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

Security sources and the Prisons Service intelligence service say the real motivation for the strike has nothing to do with the prisoners' demands. They argue that the prisoners are losing ground in the public consciousness of Palestinians, which is also manifested by significantly lower stipends being given to their families

"We have often found [during body searches] maps of the prisons or routes of buses carrying prisoners to court. The aim is clear: carry out a terrorist attack," officers at Shikma prison say.

Officers also reject the prisoners' demand for telephones. "

They do not want the telephones to say hello to their families. "They intend to give orders for terrorist attacks," says the superintendent of the Shikma prison, Yosef Mikdash



Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Approving the inmates' main demands would allow them to manage terrorist activity from prison, organize and train groups, and lead attacks against Israeli territory.

Please explain which reason Israel should have to make it more easy for terrorists to plan the next attack.


Rebekka



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 01:47 AM
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Wow, what an unbiased article! [/sarcasm off]

Somehow the article forgot to mention some of the other 200 demands such as:
Access to public telephones, no more cell searches, also no partitions for visitors, facilities to cook own food, a computer, photo copier, fruit knife and refrigerator in every cell.

Gee, the only thing they forgot to ask for was access to 72 virgins.

Where the hell do they think they are? It's friggin prison, and not a tropical resort.


[edit on 16-8-2004 by magnetism87]

[edit on 16-8-2004 by magnetism87]



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 02:41 AM
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The first day of the strike passed relatively quietly.



In addition to setting up barbecues to whet the appetite of security prisoners, the Prisons Service is halting all family visits for the strikers, while radios and televisions have been removed from their cells. (haaretz)

The Prisons Service's two special units with expertise in crowd dispersal have made preparations in the event of a potential conflagration due to the hunger strike.

Preparations have also been completed for the possible mass evacuation of injured or ailing prisoners to hospitals.

A pipe bomb was found Monday morning on the security fence surrounding the Tel Mond prison (north of Kfar Sava) security at prisons across the country was increased.

The military wing of the Fatah has threatened to conduct kidnappings in order to identify with the strikers.



Rebekka



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 02:50 AM
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posted by Qoelet

Palestinian inmates (approx 1,600) have gone on hunger strike in Israeli detention facilities, claiming a non-political protest against harsh conditions, including better contact with relatives and improved sanitary conditions. Authorities 'wont bow to pressure' and inmates could starve to death.



If fat people can't go on a regular diet, what are the chance of a bunch of inmates completing the hunger strike.



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 03:00 AM
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One of the theories for the inmates' stance is that they need media attention to their lower influence over the Palestinian street.

The Palestinian Authority has found it difficult to transfer the more than $8 million that it officially provides to the families of inmates as economic aid packages, and has only managed to grant NIS 850,000 this year


Rebekka



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 03:03 AM
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A flashback of Homer Simpson on his hunger strike at the Springfield baseball game is now being conjured up as a result of coming across this topic.

It was the episode when the Springfield Baseball team changed its name and moved to Shelbyville.



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 03:11 AM
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I remember times when those "poor" prisoners took a prison guard into a cell and almost lynched him, until they heard that the elite METSADA unit is going in, and then they released him.

Those prisoners are dangerous, and most of them are terrorists who are responsible for killing people. And if you comare to other jails in the world: They have pretty good conditions. TV, nice cells, good food, gurads don't carry real weapons, etc'

Everyone can make a hunger strike, it doesn't mean it is justified.



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 06:13 AM
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What the hell point in planning attacks from a cell? Is it the view they have thru the bars?

The UK has had plenty of experience in keeping political prisoners and terrorists, and I cant say that a prison hunger strike ever ended well, for any sides concerned. The 'claim' of un-political prostest, is exactly that, merely a claim, but the conditions still wind up bringing on unnecessary turmoil and resentment. If the Israeli security services have such a good record with Human Rights... how could we question dare question their side of events.. I mean... these people are terrorists right? And compared to Moroccan jails or Vietnamese gulags.. they're really quite nice prisons...



The Israeli article i posted was to demonstrate the other side of the argument.. not to say.. well this article is lies.. and this one truth...

but now I know how most people feel about the western precepts of justice and r.o.law when applied 'abroad'... just keep on trusting that everythings just groovy

'ohh they hate ol Israel in them thar Europe' web.amnesty.org...



posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 07:25 AM
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Originally posted by Qoelet
What the hell point in planning attacks from a cell? Is it the view they have thru the bars?


Yes they plan attacks and closer contact with the outside world through more visits and phone calls would enable prisoners to help militants at large plan attacks on Israelis



haaretz

The Prisons Service says that there is a great deal of coordination among the prisoners in the various prisons, including the preparation of terrorist attacks.

"We have often found [during body searches] maps of the prisons or routes of buses carrying prisoners to court. The aim is clear: carry out a terrorist attack," officers at Shikma prison say.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Don't forget, the strike is being organized by representatives of the inmates from the HAMAS and Islamic Jihad terror organizations as an attempt to strengthen their shaky status in the Palestinian street and focus the Arab world's attention on their predicament.





Israel Prison Service

IPS STATEMENT ON SECURITY PRISONERS' HUNGER STRIKE

1,549 terrorist security prisoners entered their second day of hunger strike in Israel Prison Service prisons.

Those participating in the hunger strike will undergo medical examinations iincluding being weighed) today in order to monitor any changes in their health. Yesterday, the terrorists were presented with a document written in Arabic about the dangers involved in hunger strike action.
No irregular incidents have been reported so far


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



The Prisons Authority has already begun to implement retaliatory steps designed to break the hunger strike. These include forbidding prisoners to smoke, and intense searches for and confiscating cigarettes. Since tobacco is an appetite depressant, this is particularly onerous on hunger strikers, especially those addicted to nicotine.


Rebekka



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