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Palestinian prisoners adopt set of measures to protest Israeli punitive measures

Mona Kandil
Press TV, Ramallah


Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in the Israeli military jail of Ofer declared a set of measures including a partial hunger strike to protest successive repression and assaults of the Israeli prison service, that have been escalating dramatically.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club Association, prisoners in Ofer jail have been subjected to harassment and repression, intensive provocative cell searches and repeated raids on prisoners' rooms especially at night. Prisoners have also been suffering from transfers from one prison to another in addition to deliberate medical negligence. 

Talks have been held between prisoners and the Israel Prison Service, however they have failed to meet the inmates’ key demands, thus the prisoners will even escalate their protest measures within the coming days.

Palestinian prisoners have been trying to resist the crackdown through all possible means including boycotting military courts and going on hunger strikes.

Human rights organizations say Israel continues to violate all rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the fourth Geneva Convention and international laws. Today over 4,500 Palestinians are languishing in a number of Israeli jails, according to Palestinian reports.

Palestinian inmates have been subjected to systematic torture all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. Those prisoners are behind bars in the first place for defying the Israeli occupation in all its forms.

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