May 27, 2017 – After 20 hours of negotiations between Marwan Barghouti (the leader of the hunger strike) and Israeli authorities, a deal was brokered. The strike is temporarily suspended for 24 hours in anticipation of Israeli commitment to its part of the deal. While History has shown us Israel cannot be trusted, we wait and see.
There are eleven demands of which, at the moment 3 are priorities for now: 1) Allow family visitations by the prisoners’ families; 2) Allow the installment of a public telephone, first in prisons with children and women and later in the rest of the prisons; 3) Allow visitation of grand children, ease security restrictions on prisoners’ families.
Since April 17, over 1800 political prisoners started their hunger strike. More that 150 of them were hospitalized with ill health, and some in very critical conditions. Pressure on Israel by first Palestinians who took to the streets every day and international organizations such as the Red Cross, forced Israel to sit with prisoner representative Barghouti and heed at least in principle to their demands.
Knowing that hunger strikes as the last resort of the political prisoners has been occurring since the 1960s, it is important for us to speak about this important event and work to ensure that Israel should respect Palestinian human rights.
-By Nahla Abdo
Nahla Abdo and Anna Tyshkov will conduct a live webinar presentation this Wednesday May 31st at 7pm Eastern Time. “Captive revolution: Women prisoners & the hunger strike”. To register for this free presentation, click here.