May 14th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Israel reaches deal with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

A group representing Palestinian prisoners has reached a deal with Israel to end a hunger strike.

The agreement, brokered by Egypt, involves Israel taking steps to ease conditions, Palestinian officials said.

Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry, confirmed that an agreement was reached and said the hunger strike will end.

"I am glad it's over. I am glad nobody died," he said.

Ziad Abu Ein, the Palestinian deputy minister of detainees and ex-detainees, said Israel agreed that all Palestinian prisoners who are currently in solitary confinement will be moved out and into other jail cells.

Also, Israel will allow families from the West Bank and Gaza to visit inmates, he said.

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    The Deal:
    Palestinian prisoner talks, Isreal promises to feed him.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Yes sure they did. Only after the Jewish organizations in Israel & US along with Christian orgs and peace groups vowed to observe "Solidarity Day with Palestinian Prisoners" world wide by observing a day's fast protesting before Israeli embassies. This is slated for May 17th.
    The response has been overwhelming I'm told by Democracy in Action.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Foreign reporters & journalists including US are banned from occupied territories as also NGOs. The only news that reaches the world regarding the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is thru great Jewish orgs in Israel & US who are tirelessly working to get the truth out.
    God bless the. I'm so happy to see that the American spirit is still alive in this blessed country. Conscientious Americans are taking up this cause.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |

      The only good Palestinian is a nice crispy one.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      did you visit the territories,the prisons or even hear the other side's narrative and view? i doubt it.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Enjoy your meal @ Pedo Bear.
    Being an American is what I enjoy the most.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    Shrug. They got hungry.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Judging by the pictures and videos of released prisoners over the last few years, Arab prisoners in Israeli jails are very well fed. I'm sure most of them could have survived a rather lengthy hunger strike.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Do a search for "Samir K u ntar" How do you get that fat if you won't eat pork? Too bad Hamas didn't feed Gilad Shalit when they had him captive.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat


    Wish for once you had the chance to meet the fathers, mothers,daughters or sons of the thousands of political prisoners including children 'fattening' in Israeli jails for years.
    The organizations of Jews in Israel and US who have done this & made it their mission to learn of the atrocities and injustice and stand up against debasement of humanity would certainly want you to know.
    Do have a nice evening all.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      they are not pollitical prisoners'because the majority of the prisoners are either attempting murderers or murderers,and the rest were arrested for violence in protests or being active in organisations that terrorize israeli communities (islamic jihad,hamas and others)

      May 15, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Thinker23

    As long as the vast majority of the Palestinians as well as their democratically elected leaders are willing the war against Israel to continue it will continue and more Palestinians will be killed. When the number of dead Palestinians will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace. Then (and ONLY then) will peace become possible because one side can start and maintain a war but BOTH sides are necessary for peace.

    May 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whereas...

    ...'saywhat' has it straightforward. 🙂

    May 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |