Palestinians end Israel prison hunger strike with deal

Palestinians end Israel prison hunger strike with deal

Jerusalem : Israel | May 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM PDT
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It comes to an end. Palestinians are jubilant over apparent victory of forcing Israeli authorities to accept their demands about the improvement in jail conditions. On Monday, hundreds of Palestinians security prisoners ended their hunger strike that lasted for several weeks. The prisoners reportedly ended the strike after the Israeli authorities showed their willingness to improve jail conditions for the security prisoners. Earlier, it was said that Palestinian security prisoners were slammed into shabby jails of Israel and were also harassed and maltreated by the authorities.

Though exact numbers on Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons are not available but human rights activists based in the region believe the numbers run into thousands. They say that it is a matter of routine for Israeli security forces to arrest Palestinian civilians for staging protest demonstrations against their atrocities and put them into jails. They also allege that hundreds of Palestinians are languishing in the jails for years without any formal charges. Human rights activists from different countries have been pressing Israeli authorities for years to release Palestinian civilians in their custody as a good will gesture.

However, for the first time Israeli authorities have admitted that Palestinian security prisoners are being kept in solitary confinements. Analysts based in the United States and Israel believe that Israel has averted a widespread unrest by accepting demands of the prisoners. The international community has also hailed the discretion of Israeli authorities. Under the agreement, now families and relatives of prisoners will be allowed to have meetings with their beloved in custody of Israeli authorities. Also, the prisoners will be given a fair chance to prove themselves innocent before the court of law, a right that was earlier denied to them.

It is believed that Egypt and Jordan played roles brining the strike to an end. For the last couple of years, Jordanian King has made numerous visits to Israel and Palestine to find out possible ways of an eternal peace between both the countries. In a recent visit to Israel, the king coaxed the Israeli authorities to resume the stalled dialogue process with Palestine to find a permanent solution of the problem. Leadership of both the countries should be hailed for their positive roles in the region and one hopes that a permanent solution of the problem would also be found out with help of the international community.

Israeli authorities said they agreed to the peace deal after the security prisoners expressed their consent for a complete halt to terrorist activities in the prisons. They said Palestinian prisoners also showed their commitment to refrain from any practical and moral support to terror activities including from recruitment of people for terrorist activities to fund the menace. We hope leadership of Israel and Palestine will show more willingness in the coming days to end plight of their citizens.

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Relatives of Palestinian prisoners take part in a rally to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City
Relatives of Palestinian prisoners take part in a rally to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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