19/5/2017 Ramallah/ Palestine
The Media Committee of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners' society, present the summary of the 32nd day of the collective hunger strike, which was embarked by the prisoners' movement in the Israeli jails, under the title of "Freedom and Dignity strike" since 17th April, 2017.
• Detainees carry on the battle of freedom and dignity in the Israeli jails, in request for their basic demands which are denied by the prisons' administration, and which was achieved previously through embarking many hunger strikes. The most prominent demands include: ending the policy of administrative detention, ending the policy of solitary confinement, ending the policy of banning families' and lawyers' visits, ending the policy of medical negligence and other legitimate demands.
- the martyrdom of Mo'taz Bani Shamshe on the 32nd day of the strike in Nablus, while he was participating in a march of solidarity with the striking detainees at Huwara checkpoint.
- Many detainees have announced that they stopped drinking water, which means that the prisons administration is not responding to their demands, and that the strike has entered a critical stage in which detainees insist that death is the only thing that can stop the strike. Thus, negotiations are very important, and otherwise the occupation authorities shall take the responsibility.
- The prisons administration continues to transfer striking detainees, such as moving all striking detainees at Nafaha prison to Hadarim, Shatta and Jilboa prisons, noting that Nafaha prison includes (400) striking detainees which is the largest number among prisons.
- Health deterioration for tens of striking detainees, where they are transferred to the field hospitals, including Ahmad Sa'adat and Muhammad Al-Qiq.
- In a visit to Ashkelon prison, the lawyer said that health conditions of striking detainees is becoming worst day by day, where they have lost more than 20 kg of their weight.
- Many sick detainees continue their strike in spite of their bad health conditions, including Othman Abi-Kharj, Yaser Abu Turki and Ibrahim Abu Mustafa at Ashkelon prison.
- The death of the mother of the oldest detainee in Gaza Strip, Fares Barood, who is detained since 26 years.
- Prayers will be held on Friday in public squares, in front of prisons gates and checkpoints.