The Palestinian hunger strike regards serious issues. Another commenter said that “even if it was my last meal I wouldn’t eat a tortit”. “I think the Trump Administration will continue to positively surprise us”. “The decision was made to increase the fines imposed on the prisoners on hunger-strike to more than NIS 1,500”, said Vaknin. Barghouti, who disputed the court’s jurisdiction and did not mount a defense, has been in prison since 2002.
Palestinian supporters of the hunger strike dismissed the video clips as a fabrication.
Qadoura Fares, head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners, says the hunger strikers began taking supplements on day 15.
Amid the hunger strike now undertaken by over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners to protest Israeli mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners, individuals and organizations worldwide have expressed support for the Palestinian prisoners and have condemned the ongoing Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
The fans of the Scottish Celtic football club lately launched a solidarity campaign with the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, upon request from Lajee Center located in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem.
Fadwa Barghouti speaks at a press conference in the West bank city of Ramallah on May 7, 2017. In the context of military occupation and the gross disparity of power that accompanies it, negotiations cannot ever succeed, nor can they succeed without forcing Israel to abide by worldwide law.
In the video footage, Barghouti can be seen apparently unwrapping food – understood to be biscuits and a candy bar – in his prison cell and eating it in his toilet stall. The first time, on April 27, the footage shows him eating cookies. He would not divulge how Barghouti received the food, saying only that Israeli “intelligence knows how he got the snack”. They are asking for more family visits, educational options and public telephones and protesting unfair trials, detention of children, medical negligence and solitary confinement.
He blamed the lack of dialogue in recent years on the Israeli government, saying its leaders “have no political vision”, and reiterated his demands for an independent Palestinian state along pre-1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Barghouti is seen as a major contender to succeed Abbas. Israeli officials have dismissed the strike as a bid by Barghouti to burnish his credentials in an internal Palestinian power struggle.
In Washington, the Palestinian leader lavished compliments on the United States president, telling him at the joint press conference that “under your courageous stewardship and your wisdom as well as your great negotiating abilities” the Palestinian people would be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and attain a “historic peace treaty” with Israel.