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United Nations - Palestinians Ask Red Cross To Intervene In Hunger Strike

Published on: April 20, 2017 01:15 PM
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Right-wing activists of the National Union party hold a Barbeque in front og the military prison Ofer, which holds Palestinian prisoners now on a hunger strike, in a protest against their strike, on April 20, 2017. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90Right-wing activists of the National Union party hold a Barbeque in front og the military prison Ofer, which holds Palestinian prisoners now on a hunger strike, in a protest against their strike, on April 20, 2017. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

United Nations - The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is asking the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene in a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners pressing for “legitimate rights” which he said are being denied by Israel.

Riyad Mansour told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that the Palestinian government believes “the ICRC can play a positive, facilitating role” to avert “the dangerous consequences of deterioration of this situation.”

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He said over 1,000 prisoners are on hunger strike to protest what he called their “inhumane treatment and torture by Israel” and to call attention to over 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli lockups.

Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said Tuesday the government won’t negotiate with the prisoners, calling the strike politically motivated and declaring that the prisoners have no legitimate complaints.



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 Apr 20, 2017 at 02:16 PM Speaksoftly Says:

If a comment is to be made by an international organization, perhaps they should address the issue of the remains of Israeli soldiers held in Gaza.They might also make note of the rat poison placed on shrapnel of terrorist bombs used against civilians.Humanity is as humanity does.

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 Apr 20, 2017 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Legitimate rights? These illegitimate terrorists have NO rights.

May they be completely successful in their hunger strike, and die a slow, miserable death by starvation.

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 Apr 20, 2017 at 06:39 PM 5TResident Says:

Who's telling them not to eat?

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 Apr 20, 2017 at 08:00 PM grandbear Says:

Let the UN. look at the treatment of prisoners in all of the arab countries first.

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 Apr 21, 2017 at 06:03 AM Tsfat-Breslover-Kotzker Says:

The Palestinian punishment for the same crimes is death.
How do the Israeli's provide less rights to their alive prisoners than the PNA provides to the prisoners that they execute.

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