One Thousand Palestinian Security Prisoners to Join Hunger Strike Over Worsening Conditions, Prisoners' Club Says

The director of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said they believe Israel's prison service is trying to suppress their political movement in an organized crackdown, following recommendations by the state probe into the Gilboa prison break

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Security prisoners at Nitzan Prison in Ramle.
Security prisoners at Nitzan Prison in Ramle.Credit: Nir Kafri
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The Palestinian Prisoners' Club announced Wednesday that one thousand security prisoners will go on hunger strike on Thursday in protest of what they say are measures the Israel Prison Service is preparing to take against them.

Prisoners' Club director Kadoura Fars said its members believe that Israel's prison service is trying to suppress their political movement in an organized crackdown, which they allege is part of the recommendations made by the state's probe into last year's infamous Gilboa prison break.

>> How Israel's security failings enabled an unthinkable Palestinian prison break

According to Fars, measures taken will include the transfer of veteran prisoners or prisoners sentenced to life sentences from prison to prison or from wing to wing every few months, or changing the exits to the prison grounds.

"There are things that are difficult to explain, but voluntary transfers and changing conditions constitute a breach of norms and understandings reached in the past and this makes it very difficult for the prisoners," Fars said.

According to Fars, the strike will begin with 1,000 prisoners, but could grow if there is no response from Israel's Prison Service.

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