- Title: Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails begin hunger strike
- Date: 17th April 2017
- Summary: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (APRIL 17, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS IN SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIAN INMATES WALKING IN STREET AND HOLDING SIGNS / SMOKE RISING ISRAELI POLICE VEHICLE LEAVING GATE IN WEST BANK BARRIER AND FIRING GAS BOMBS AT PROTESTERS WHILE MOVING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS IN STREET / SMOKE RISING SMOKE AND FLAMES RISING FROM TYRES SMOKE AND FLAMES RISING FROM TYRES / PALESTINIANS THROWING STONES GUN SHOOTING FROM OPENING IN THE WEST BANK BARRIER WALL RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (APRIL 17, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED IN DOWNTOWN RAMALLAH VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND HOLDING SIGNS AND PALESTINIAN FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FORMER PALESTINIAN PRISONER IN THE ISRAELI JAILS, KHADER ADNAN, SAYING: "When prisoners go on hunger strike they feel the freedom, it is a way to resist the occupation. We can win the battle against it (occupation) with our empty stomachs and it is a message to the international community and the free people in the world, that Palestinians seek freedom." PROTESTERS GATHERED DOWNTOWN HEAD OF DETAINEES AND EX-DETAINEES COMMITTEE, ISSA QARAQE GIVING SPEECH WIFE OF JAILED PALESTINIAN LEADER MARWAN BARGHOUTI, FADWA BARGHOUTI, ENTERING ROOM
- Embargoed: 1st May 2017 12:34
- Keywords: Palestinian prisoners hunger strike Israel prisons authority
- Location: RAMALLAH AND BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK / GAZA CITY, GAZA / JERUSALEM / RAMLE, ISRAEL
- City: RAMALLAH AND BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK / GAZA CITY, GAZA / JERUSALEM / RAMLE, ISRAEL
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016CSE43R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike on Monday (April 17) in response to a call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president.
Palestinians termed the open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s. Israel said the move by the prisoners, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel, was politically motivated.
The protest was led by Barghouti, 58, a leader of the mainstream Fatah movement of the Palestine Liberation Organization, serving five life terms after being convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis in a 2000-2005 uprising.
The strike, if sustained, could present a challenge to Israel and raise tensions between the two sides as the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip approaches in June.
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