Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners struggling to stand

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners struggling to stand

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners struggling to stand

The Israeli prison administration has subjected the prisoners who joined their fellow strikers to collective trials, imposed fines on them and deprived them of family visits in an attempt to thwart the open-ended hunger strike, launched by almost 1,600 prisoners on April 17.

That's about the same number as before the release of a video Israel claims shows the strike leader secretly eating in his cell.

Barghouti began the hunger strike on April 17, and more than 800 Palestinian prisoners are continuing the protest, according to the Israeli Prison Service.

The statement highlighted that Israeli authorities had prepared ambulances outside of every prison, and said that "the occupation's government treats hunger strikers with such cruelty and savagery to the extent that it is willing to completely exhaust their health and lead them to death".

Barghouti, a leader of the second Palestinian uprising, is serving five life terms after being convicted by an Israeli court of directing two shooting attacks and a bombing that killed five people.

"Pizza Hut's mockery of leaders of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for freedom and dignity adds insult to deep injury", said the BDS's Mahmoud Nawajaa.

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On Monday, following questions about how the video came to light, Erdan suggested Israeli prison guards had tempted Barghouti with the food.

The Palestinian official stressed that the lives of more than 1500 hunger striking detainees are at real risk, and called for extensive local, regional and global support.

Pizza Hut issued an apology for the ad on the Facebook account of its franchise in Lebanon. A spokeswoman for Pizza Hut International apologised for the post.

"Pizza Hut International apologises for any offence caused by a recent post on Pizza Hut Israel's Facebook page". "We truly regret any hurt this may have caused".

The post sparked fury on Palestinian social media, including calls to boycott the chain.

"Pizza Hut is ridiculing the prisoners' strike", activist Alaa Abu Diab wrote on Facebook, using the hashtag #boycott_pizzahut. However, on a visit to the detainees Nael Barghouthi and Muhammad Qiq, they said that the prison administration has tried the detainees who joined the strike in collective trials, imposed financial sanctions and deprived them from the canteen and visits.

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