Hundreds of Palestinians jailed in Israel go on hunger strike

His revelation of the daily struggles of more than 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons and the ambition behind their hunger strike was, apparently, too sensitive for USA readers.

Israel Prisons Service spokesman Assaf Librati said that hunger strikers would be disciplined and later added that Barghouti had been transferred from Hadarim prison to Jalami prison, near Haifa, 48 kilometers to the north.

He confirmed that Barghouti was transferred to another jail and was placed in solitary confinement.

There are now 6,300 Palestinian political prisoners, 500 of them in administrative detention, according to the Palestinian prisoners' rights group, Addameer.

More than 300 Palestinians have been in prison since before Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo accords in 1993. Some 500 are held under administrative detention, which allows for imprisonment without charges or trial.

Palestinian rights groups have also organized protests in several cities to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day and show support for the hunger strikers, including in Jerusalem, Hebron and Ramallah.

Barghouti, described by the Times as a "Palestinian leader and parliamentarian", is a convicted terrorist serving five consecutive life terms plus 40 years for masterminding suicide bombing missions during the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising) that killed scores of Israelis.

Barghouti has been touted as a possible future successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it".

"When a despicable murderer like Barghouti protests in prison for improved conditions, while the relatives of those he murdered are still in pain, there is only one solution - death penalty for terrorists", Yisrael Katz wrote on Twitter.

The New York Times' public editor has rebuked the paper for leaving out the details of Marwan Barghouti's convictions in his op-ed this week.

Israeli authorities look to quell mass hunger strike through solitary confinement and punitive measures.

A Palestinian Authority official said that the "strike was called for by Fatah leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti". Unsurprisingly, Barghouti makes no reference to his role in organizing the second intifada, in which Palestinian militants killed nearly 1,000 Israeli citizens despite the generous peace deal offered to Yasser Arafat.

"This massive strike sends a strong message to the Israelis, after 50 years of occupation, suppression, and oppression, that the prisoners. will lead their people from behind bars, " she said.



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