April 17th, 2012
07:59 AM ET

1,500 Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike

About 1,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli detention began an open-ended hunger strike Tuesday as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza gathered in various events to observe the annual Prisoners' Day, marking solidarity for the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Association Club, an inmate advocacy group, said there were 1,500 prisoners taking part in the hunger strike and suggested that more from a range of Palestinian political factions were expected to follow.

"The Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike are protesting Israel's treatment to prisoners inside the Israeli prisons," said Amani Sarahna, a club spokeswoman. "They are protesting Israel's policy of administrative detention and solitary confinement for prisoners for months at a time. They are protesting the arbitrary fines imposed on prisoners by the Israeli authority, the prevention of families especially of those from Gaza."

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  1. Philip

    Hi saywhat. I'm with you on this one all the way. Isn't it odd how US citizens have this infatuation with Jews? Noam Chomsky bro.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @ Philip
    Thanks. I am a great admirer of Chomsky & Uri Avnery.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    :) Noam Chomsky came here to Colorado Springs and spoke to us at UCCS several years ago. If only everyone could hear him speak in person and actually get the sense of what he says.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ted

    Hey. Jews are ok. They have great food. Burritos and tacos. Refried beans. Tamales. Anyone who makes delicious things like that just has to be ok.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Philip:
    Guten Morgen.
    My friend with so much experience in oil, who do you think will guard our Western investments in oil and keep my Silver Wraith on the road if we don't continue to support our Zionist creation?
    The displacement of Palestinians is a small price for us to pay to keep separate that pack of little piece-states that might one day rejoin as a single empire.
    What's a little hunger strike here and there? Anyway, imagine how thin those prisoners' waists will become as a result of their abstaining from so much food.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Howdy Joey. You seem to think that I myself am not living as an alien in this foreign [to me] land. Not the land itself, for this land of ours is truly beautiful and rich with natural resources, lierally bursting at the seams with natural gas, for example. Who will protect western oil interests? The mighty US Military directed by politicians with oily hands and Big-Pharma brains, as has been the case for decades. "Might be a single empire someday" you say? It's a done deal, Joey. Of the 194 or so nations in the world, all but a handful have already been invaded and occupied. Once the last nation [Venezuela] falls to the B.I.S./federal reserve sytem, all that will be needed for even patriotic nationalism American citizens to drop their flags in support of a One World Government, is something to scare the sh/t out of everyone the world over. And I can prove what that something is.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    ...and, Joey? We never did get to finish this one: I say that they were on the US Taxpayers payroll/time clock, and if guilty, should be charged with feloniously defrauding the US taxpayer. No matter if they were piming ho's or sleeping on the job, those secret service agents defrauded US. (if proven guilty, acourse. currently, they are just well known suspects)

    April 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    My posts are somehow not appearing on this blog now?
    This remark may.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    @ saywhat, That has happened to me to, but rarely... not sure why, maybe some shorta burp going on? hehe

    April 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Even saying 'Hi' to you didn't make it.
    Let us see if this one does.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    See!

    April 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I replied to Philip just now, and my effort was not posted. Let's see about this.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Yeah–see? The innocuous comments get through.
    Noam Chomsky is running the board today. Hooray for anarchy.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    That's strange, just double check for the WORDS that prevent a post form getting thru.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Btw, Joey have you ever seen any interview on Chomsky's view on education?

    April 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
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