Coalition of Women for Peace call for action for Palestinian prisoners in hunger strike

On the 18th day of the ‘dignity strike’, a hunger strike of 1500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, the Israeli Prison Service continues to employ arbitrary methods to subdue them: After prisoners refused to drink water, their health is deteriorating and they were put into solitary confinement.

Currently there are 6300 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including 500 administrative detainees, 300 children and 61 women, 70 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, 480 prisoners from Jerusalem and 330 prisoners from Gaza, as well as 13 members of the Palestinian legislative council.

The main demands of the prisoners refer to an end to administration detention of 500 administrative detainees; an end to the policy of solitary confinement; improvements in visitation rights; an end to medical negligence; the release of prisoners with special needs and terminal diseases; an increase in the number of visitations and phone calls with family members; and an improvement in the living conditions of the political prisoners according to international humanitarian standards.

We, as the Coalition of Women for Peace, see this treatment of prisoners as yet another layer in the policies of oppression, violence and occupation of the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian people. The prisoners demand basic humanitarian rights and appropriate conditions in accordance with international law. Now on the 18th day of the hunger strike, intervention is a necessity. We call on the Embassies located in Israel to promote the prisoners’ demands and pressure the Israeli government to fulfill its commitments under international law.