Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel launch hunger strike

"In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it". Building new settlements in the occupied territories is considered a violation of global law. "He died while I was in prison".

Barghouti also uses a rhetorical sleight-of-hand to lambast Israel's supposedly corrupt military courts - and thereby to cast doubt on his sentence - when he cites their conviction rate despite having been convicted for his murders in civilian court.

Israel moved swiftly to try to foil a mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, transferring the leader Marwan Barghouti to a different prison and putting him in solitary confinement. Instead of the candies we usually distribute to celebrate such news, I handed out salt to the other prisoners.

In his piece, Barghouti, who was convicted in 2004 on five counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and who was implicated in four other terror attacks, characterizes himself as "both a witness to and a victim of" alleged Israeli abuses against Palestinian prisoners, including "mass arbitrary arrests, torture, punitive measures and severe restrictions".

The eldest of my four children is now a man of 31. "They're calling for an end to this deliberate medical negligence".

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Channel 2 said Israel was determined not to give in to any of the prisoners demands.

Prisoners' demands include installation of a public telephone in all prisons to allow communication with relatives, resuming bi-monthly family visits, allowing second-degree relatives to visit, increasing duration of the visits and allowing prisoners to take photographs with their families.

On Thursday, the London-based prominent rights group Amnesty International called on the Tel Aviv regime to end "unlawful and cruel" policies towards Palestinian prisoners. "Some have been killed while in detention".

For Palestinians, the prisons have become a stark symbol of Israel's occupation. Palestinian prisoners and their families also remain a primary target of Israel's policy of imposing collective punishments.

According to Barghouti, the hunger strike is meant to end these alleged abuses by Israel.

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According to figures provided in February by Israel's Prison Service, at least 6,820 Palestinians, including hundreds of minors, are incarcerated in Israeli prisons.

People hold banners during a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners in the West bank City of Bethlehem, Monday, April 17, 2017.

How to account for this unbelievable state of affairs? "According to the [U.S.] State Department, the conviction rate for Palestinians in the military courts is almost 90 percent".

His status as a convicted terrorist was not mentioned in the Times' note at the bottom of his op-ed, which simply read "Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian". Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor.

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