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Palestinian/ Israeli update 4/19/2017…Warning of New Intifada If Any Hunger Striker Dies

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 16:57
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Mass hunger strike at Israeli jails enters 3rd day

Israel “wont negotiate” with hunger strikers

Palestinians Warn Israel of New Intifada If Any Hunger Striker Dies

Palestinian leaders Wednesday denounced Israel’s refusal to negotiate with Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails, warning of a “new intifada” if any of them die. Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have joined the hunger strike that began Monday, according to Issa Qaraqe, head of detainees’ affairs for the Palestinian Authority, the Daily Star reported. The hunger strike has been led by prominent prisoner and popular Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising. The prisoners have made a range of demands, from better medical care to access to telephones. Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel for a range of offences and alleged crimes. Around 500 are held under administrative detention, which allows for imprisonment without charge.

Palestinian prisoners have mounted repeated hunger strikes, but rarely on such a scale. Qaraqe said the strike followed months of attempts at negotiations with Israeli authorities. “If their demands are not met, more prisoners will join the strike,” he said.

“We have asked the international community and the UN to intervene immediately.” He added that if prisoners die, “that could lead to a new intifada.” Israeli officials have vowed not to negotiate with the hunger strikers, with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan Tuesday calling them “terrorists and incarcerated murderers.”

Qaraqe accused Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of “incitement” against the prisoners. Shawan Jabarin of Palestinian rights group Al-Haq said invoking the force-feeding law would be “tantamount to torture.” Barghouti is popular among Palestinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Palestinian presidency. While many Palestinians view him as a hero, Israelis point to the bloody suicide attacks of the second intifada of 2000-2005 and his role in the uprising. He was convicted of attacks that killed five people, though declined to defend himself and did not recognize the court’s legitimacy.

For Palestinians, the prisons have become a stark symbol of Israel’s occupation. Some 850,000 Palestinians have been incarcerated since the start of Israel’s occupation 50 years ago, Palestinian leaders say.

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…….However, now that a report commissioned by the UN recently characterized Israel as having established an apartheid regime, the world body could do the best next thing: Issue and ratify an economic sanctions resolution against Israel and pressure its major ally the United States to stop supporting it financially and militarily.

There is no denying that the situation on the ground is getting deliberately grimmer for the Palestinians because the world body is too busy blaming the Syrian government for staged chemical attacks being carried out by America’s terror proxies against the Syrian people. The world body is also too busy with President Trump’s runs against North Korea to do anything that could help protect the rights of Palestinian children and all Palestinians, much less hold Israel accountable for its violations of International Law and International Human Rights Law.

The UN’s standing and credibility have never been worse than now. The world body is being constantly humiliated by Israel, and they put up with it and they take it.

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