3 weeks into hunger strike, Palestinian inmates add vitamins

He added that the Israel Prison Service had tightened their repressive measures against the hunger strikers through solitary confinement, transfer of prisoners between prisons, and denial of family visits.

Barghouti was filmed twice secretly eating and in one of those times, he is seen eating salt powder in an attempt to strengthen his body, something that is forbidden to the other prisoners who are on strike. It is led by a jailed leader of the Fatah Movement, Marwan Barghouti. "It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti's political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen", Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said in a statement following the release of the video.

"We call upon global organizations to put pressure on Israel to meet the demands of [hunger-striking] prisoners", the ministry added.


In the past year, several Palestinian administrative detainees, who were being held without charges, carried out hunger strikes before reaching deals with prison authorities to secure their release.

Barghouti, a leader of the second Palestinian uprising, is serving five life terms after being convicted by an Israeli court of directing two shooting attacks and a bombing that killed five people.

Sa'ada pointed out that the hunger striking prisoners had not received dietary supplements since they entered the strike on April 17.


"As I said from the very beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet worldwide standards".

Fares said earlier Sunday that some of the hundreds of Palestinians participating in the hunger strike began taking vitamin supplements on day 15.

On Thursday, Israel's Channel 2 reported that the Health Ministry is considering flying doctors from overseas to force-feed the prisoners participating in a mass hunger strike, a move that is expected to trigger fierce opposition from human rights advocates.



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