Rage over treatment of Palestinian prisoners

Palestinians attend a concert held in solidarity with Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails, in Gaza City on May 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

How are Palestinian prisoners being mistreated in Israeli prisons?

Palestinian prisoners began a hunger strike on April 17 in protest against conditions in Israeli prisons, calling for more family visits, better medical attention and an end to torture and administrative detention - imprisonment without charge or trial.

Around 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, 500 of whom are held under administrative detention. The mass prisoner hunger strike was organized by Marwan Barghouti, a senior Fatah figure, who is serving multiple life terms in an Israeli prison for his role in fighting Israelis during the second Intifada.

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