A stand-in Gaza with detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons

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Dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip participated on Tuesday in a sit-in in solidarity with the detainees who are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

The participants in the vigil organized by the Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners (run by Hamas) and the Palestinian Mujahideen Movement in front of the ministry’s headquarters in Gaza City raised banners.

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On some of them, “The battle of empty intestines is the weapon of the prisoners” and “No to the policy of humiliating our prisoners” was written on it.

Three prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons are continuing their open hunger strike, the oldest of whom is Ghazanfar Abu Atwan (28 years), from Hebron.

He is on hunger strike for the 63rd consecutive day, in refusal of his administrative detention, according to the Prisoner Club.

Saber Abu Karsh, Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Prisoners Affairs, said in a speech during the vigil.

“We demand the continuation of solidarity activities with the prisoners on hunger strike in all regions.”

He held Israel fully responsible for the life of the detainee “Abu Atwan” and the detainees on hunger strike.

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He called on international human rights organizations to pressure Israel to “put an end to the policy of administrative detention.”

In turn, Youssef Khreis, spokesman for the “Mujahideen” movement, said in a speech during the protest that Israel “is practicing the most heinous crimes against the prisoners to force them to abandon their main cause.”

He called for launching a campaign of “popular and international solidarity with the prisoners, especially women, children, and hunger strikers.”

Israel detains about 4,400 Palestinians, including 39 women, about 155 children, and 500 administrative detainees, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.