Several Palestinian prisoners have launched an open-ended mass hunger strike they dubbed as “Karama (dignity) 2” in protest at their exposure to violations and punitive measures by the Israeli prison service (IPS).
About 30 leaders of prisoners are participating in the first stage of the hunger strike on Sunday and later two groups comprised of about 1,500 will join successively.
According to Asra Media Office, prisoners from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front, the Democratic Front and a few from Fatah are taking part in the hunger strike.
The hunger strikers have four main demands. The first one is to allow the prisoners to communicate with their families through providing their jails with telephone services, which are available in prisons where Israeli criminals and killers are held.
Secondly, the hunger strikers demand the IPS to remove the cellphone jammers inside jails, which constitute health hazards.
They also demand the jailers to allow all prisoners, including those from Hamas in Gaza, to receive visits from their families, and to allow all families in the West Bank to see their relatives twice a month.
Their fourth demand call for revoking all the new and old punitive measures against the Palestinian prisoners.