CKUT Radio: Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

Listen to an interview with Mahmoud Ziadi, spokes person of the Committee for the Families of Political Prisoners and Detainees in the West Bank. The interview focuses on the current hunger strike of more than 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners throughout Occupied Palestine, while also drawing the links between the current hunger strike and the ongoing Palestinian struggle for liberation from the deadly and illegal Israeli occupation.

The Palestinian hunger strike, which began on Sunday August 15th, has stressed simple and direct demands to the Israeli authorities and the international community concerning the globally condemned humanitarian crisis within Israeli prisons, such calling for an end to the arbitrary and indiscriminate beating of prisoners in their cells, in prison courtyards and during transportation to and from prisons, the indiscriminate firing of tear gas into prisoner’s cells and prison courtyards. Regular humiliating strip searches of prisoners in full view of other prisoners and guards each time they enter or exit their cells and subjecting prisoners to solitary confinement for excessive periods of time, for months and even years.

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