Jordanian prisoners in Israel continue hunger strike in bid for better treatment

Published May 22nd, 2013 - 03:00 GMT
Jordanian prisoners in Israel have been on hunger strike for 20 days, campaigning for better treatment and family visits, among other things. Getty image, for illustrative purposes only.
Jordanian prisoners in Israel have been on hunger strike for 20 days, campaigning for better treatment and family visits, among other things. Getty image, for illustrative purposes only.

Five Jordanians imprisoned in Israel have entered their 20th day on open hunger strike, a prisoner rights groups said Tuesday.

“Five of around 30 Jordanian prisoners in Israeli jails are currently on an open hunger strike,” Amani Srahan, spokeswoman of the Palestinian Prisoners Club – an organization that documents the cases of Palestinian prisoners – told Al-Akhbar.

The prisoners are demanding that they be allowed family visits, a right Israeli authorities have denied the prisoners for years.

They are also demanding being pardoned for their crimes.

“Abdullah al-Barghouti, one of the prisoners on strike, hasn’t seen his family in 14 years,” Srahan said.

Most of the prisoners were being held in the same jail when they began their strike, “but now the Israeli prison service moved them to different prisons” to prevent them from communicating with one another, Srahan added.

Some of the prisoners have dual Palestinian and Jordanian citizenship, and their family members are mostly located in Jordan.

According to another prisoner support and human rights association Addameer, Barghouti has been given 67 life sentences, the highest sentence ... by an Israeli court, and has been imprisoned since 2003.

Addameer said it was still trying to gather information on the Jordanian prisoners.

“Once a prisoner goes on hunger strike it becomes increasingly difficult to get information about them. The Israeli prison service makes it harder to get in touch with the prisoners,” Randa Wahbe, advocacy officer of Addammer told Al-Akhbar.

Jordan and Israel signed a peace agreement in 2004 that allows Jordanians to visit the Jewish state. But despite the agreement, Israeli authorities have not allowed families to visit their relatives in prisons.


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