Thousands of Palestinians Still on Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails
Tel Aviv, May 12 (RHC)--Some 1600 Palestinians jailed in Israel have staged a hunger strike for 75 days now protesting the violation of their basic human rights by prison authorities. The prisoners claim they are denied family visits and medical attention.
Ten of the hunger strikers were forcibly hospitalized but the action continues until they achieve their demands, according to Telesur correspondent in the Middle East Hisham Wannous.
The reporter said that Israeli prison authorities are submitting the Palestinians to psychological pressure including their transfer to single cells near barking dogs that do not let them sleep.
Palestinian National Authority president Mahmud Abbas called on the international community to protect the prisoners from the mistreatment inflicted by Israeli authorities, said the Telesur correspondent.