70 Palestinians on Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails


Seventy Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails have gone on a hunger strike to protest Israel’s policy of solitary confinement, media report said.

The protest has been launched in solidarity with detainees being held in solitary confinement in the Israeli prisons, Ma’an news agency reported.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement that Nahar al-Saadi has been on hunger strike since November 20 to protest his solitary confinement.

Israel arrested as many as 549 Palestinians from East al-Quds and the occupied West Bank in November, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said late in the month.

A previous report by the NGO said approximately 7,000 Palestinians, including 16 women and 250 children, are in Israeli jails.

Back in June, tens of Palestinian prisoners, who had been on a hunger strike in protest against Israel’s so-called administrative detention, were hospitalized over health problems.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months.