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. Kerensa

    Innocuous comment.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerensa

      By gum, y'all are right!

      April 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Nicole Saidi. Thanks for keeping these guys from posting till I got back. . 🙂
    @saywhat/Joey. Go ahead. I'm back now.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Hay Mary! Get in line. I'm waiting for 'saywhat' to reply to my posts. Sheesh. 🙂

    April 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Wow. Dead on the N today. Where'd everbuddy go?

    April 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LipService

      Their stomachs will get the best of em. Always does. I'm having crab for dinner. Yay!

      April 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    You're not claiming to be Israeli, are you?
    FAVz of mine: lobster, crab, snails, caviar...
    Life is wonderful.

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