Hundreds participated in protests on Saturday across the West Bank and Israel in support of Palestinian inmates on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.
- The Palestinian hunger strike aims beyond the jailhouses
- 700 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel declare mass hunger strike
- Israel to allow Marwan Barghouti, other hunger strikers to meet with lawyers
Clashes with police broke out at one such protest in Silwan, in East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, protesters in Qalandiyah, in the West Bank, lit torches in support of the prisoners.
A protest was also held in the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva, organized by the Islamic Movement, while dozens more gathered outside Gilboa prison.
Family members of the prisoners from the areas of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights participated in the protests and the organizers, some of whom were former prisoners themselves, vowed to continue working as activists in support of the hunger strikers.
In the city of Araba in the southern Galilee region, a tent was erected on Friday in support of the prisoners, organized by the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee. The pitching of the tent coincided an event in support of Lina al-Jarbouni, a prisoner who was released after 15 years in jail for security-related crimes during the Second intifada.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoner Club filed a complaint Saturday with prosecutors and the Israel Prison Service, saying that the Prison Service is still preventing the club's lawyers from visiting prisoners on hunger strike despite that fact that a few private lawyers reported that they visited some of the inmates.
Haaretz was told that the prison service is opposed to the visits of some lawyers, fearing that they would pass information.