|Date: 14/05/2012 Time: 11:00:00 PM
Six Palestinian longtime hunger striking prisoners
refused Monday to end their protest against the Israeli policy of arbitrary
detention until they are released.
The prisoners, including Belal Thiyab and Tha'er Halahleh who have been on
hunger strike for the 77th day, insist that the ruling of an Israeli court for
their administrative detention until next August is illegal so they should be
released immediately, Thiyab's brother Bassam told KUNA here this evening.
Under the Israeli ruling, the administrative detention terms of Halahleh
and Thiyab expire on August 6 and August 14 respectively, Bassam Thiyab noted.
He identified the four other prisoners who go on the hunger strike as
Hassan Al-Safadi - on hunger strike 72 days ago, Mahmoud Al-Sersek - 57 days,
Omar Abu-Shallal - 69 days, and Jaafar Ezzeddin - 54 days.
Earlier today the leaders of the Palestinian hunger striking prisoners and
Israel Prison Service (IPS) reached an Egyptian-brokered deal to end the
strike in exchange for non-extension of the administrative detention.
Meanwhile, Minister of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs in the
Palestinian Government in the West Bank Issa Qaraqe said a committee headed to
Al-Ramlah Prison in Israel in order to convince the six prisoners of ending
The committee is made up of the leaders of the strike Bassam Al-Sa'doun - a
detained Jihad movement leader, and advocate Jawad Boles - representative of
the Palestinian Al-Aseer (detainee) club, Qaraqe told reporters at a tent set
up by sympathizers with the detainees in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The results of the committee meeting with the prisoners have yet to be
known, the minister added.