In protest of the cruel actions of the Israeli authorities in the prisons, Palestinians held in Israeli prisons started their open-ended mass hunger strike on Monday.

Iran PressMiddle East: According to Palestine Al-Youm, the board of Palestinian prisoners has announced the increase of tensions inside the prisons of the Zionist regime and the strike of Palestinian prisoners.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Israeli regime are harassing the prisoners, violating the March agreement and understanding between the regime and the Palestinian prisoner movement.

In response to the violation of the agreement, the prisoners resumed their protest against the cruel actions of the Israelis. The protest was suspended last March.

The Supreme National Emergency Committee for Palestinian Prisoners said in a statement on Saturday that several inmates will begin a hunger strike on Monday and Wednesday before launching a mass strike in all Israeli jails, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

As an initial step, the prisoners will refuse to go out for security inspections this week, the statement said, adding that the inmates seek to force Israeli prison authorities to halt their repressive measures and reverse all the unjust decisions they have taken in recent months.

The latest decision to launch protest steps came after Israeli jail authorities failed to respect the understanding reached last March and decided to resume the punitive measures against prisoners, especially those serving life terms.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention have recently taken a series of actions against restrictions by Israeli authorities.

At least 500 inmates have refused to show up for their military court hearings since the beginning of the year. The boycott includes hearings for the renewal of administrative detention orders, appeal hearings, and later sessions at Israel’s Supreme Court.

Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli jails. Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Geneva Convention. They say administrative detention violates the right to due process since the evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes to express outrage at the detentions. Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards. Palestinian inmates have also been subject to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.


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