Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Palestinians ask Red Cross to intervene in hunger strike

Convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti Convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti
Lamar Ellis | 21 April, 2017, 03:44

The April 16 piece - where the Times referred to Barghouti as a "Palestinian leader and parliamentarian" - was slammed by Israeli officials and Jewish leaders in the US and elsewhere.

"It is a bunch of "terrorists" that are threatening us with hunger strike".

"Calling Barghouti a "political leader" is like calling Assad a 'pediatrician, ' Netanyahu added". So it now appears that only some 800 Fatah prisoners have followed Barghouti's lead, and some 400 prisoners affiliated with Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have joined them.

Mr. Barghouti, of course, is the Palestinian terrorist leader sentenced to prison for his role in terror attacks that resulted in the murder of five Israelis and a Christian monk. He was convicted on all charges and sentenced to consecutive life sentences for each conviction and an additional 40 years for attempted murder.

Barghouti has in some ways had it easier than most despite being in prison, as it has insulated him from having to make any decisions or engage in the daily compromises that are involved in politics. They are convicted terrorists and murderers.

A pair of Palestinian journalists have ended a 65-hour radio broadcast organized to raise awareness about conditions Palestinian prisoners face.

Mossi Raz, secretary general of the left-wing Meretz party, told VICE News he'd be willing to work with Barghouti.

In a statement reported by Moheet, the PPC said that sick prisoners did not accept meals on Wednesday, stressing their participation in the hunger strike. Many privileges were also withdrawn in response to the strike. "My policy is that you can't negotiate with prisoners such as these". Security officials are prepared for the possibility of a strike and coordinate with other organizations such as the IDF, the Ministry of Health and police.

He has been placed in solitary confinement for calling the strike, now in its third day.

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's byline appears, for example, on this piece published in August 1982.

Barghouti, the strike leader, is prominent in the Fatah movement of Western-backed Palestinian President Abbas.

If the strike is able to sustain itself and energize the Palestinian public, the prisoners could reclaim the people's faith in their political leadership - something that neither the PA nor Hamas governments have been able to retain. "It should be noted that the Prison Service does not conduct negotiations with prisoners". When liberal Zionists criticized feminists who supported Palestinian-American community leader Rasmea Odeh due to her convictions by an Israeli military court, Noura Erakat wrote, "Perhaps if Odeh was from Guatemala, Uganda, Nepal, or even Kashmir, [liberal Zionists] may be more sympathetic because, unlike in Palestine, a national security framework has not twisted and bludgeoned fundamental human rights issues".

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