Officials from the State Prosecutor's Office surprised all in attendance at a Nazareth District Court hearing on Tuesday morning when they claimed to have no knowledge of the details of an agreement signed on Monday between hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and the Israel Prison Service.
The hearing concerned continuing the solitary confinement of two long-time security prisoners. Solitary confinement was one of the subjects adressed in Monday’s agreement.
Representatives of the State Prosecutor's Office said during the hearing that they had heard of the agreements only through media outlets, and that they had yet to receive any official documents.
The agreements stipulated that security prisoners must commit to refrain from coordinating any actions against Israel while in prison. In return for that commitment, Israel agreed to lighten prison conditions.
As part of the agreement, Israel will cancel the practice of extended solitary confinement, and allow for visits from first-degree family members that reside in Gaza.
Abir Bachar, the lawyer that represented the two prisoners, said the court decided to postpone action on the agreement for 72 hours, until Thursday, to understand exactly how the agreement affects the two prisoners. One of the prisoners is Abbas Asayed, considered to be one of the most important Hamas members currently in Israeli detention.
Stipulations published by the Israeli Prison Service on Tuesday morning, signed by nine representatives of the Palestinian security prisoners, classified “actions against Israel.”
According to the agreement, such “actions could include recruitment for terror objectives, coordination, support, or any other action expressing support for terror activities against Israel.”
It was also stated that “any terror activities carried out in prisons, or a renewal of the hunger strike in Israeli prisons, will lead to cancellation of the agreement.”
Overnight, five administrative detainees, the first to begin hunger-striking, reported that they had ceased striking, despite initial misgivings concerning the agreements. The decision was reached following a meeting at the medical clinic where the prisoners were receiving treatment, with three of the prisoner representatives that participated in the negotiations in attendance.
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