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Prisoners write to Abbas demanding PA support

Nov. 29, 2011 2:29 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 2, 2011 12:12 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails sent a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday demanding support from the Palestinian Authority in their fight for better conditions.

The letter highlighted that Israel had enacted punitive policies against prisoners since the swap deal in October between Israel and Hamas, and said the situation for detainees was "on the verge of explosion," a statement from a prisoners' society said.

"The inter-Palestinian situation, the rivalry between Hamas and Fatah, and the political tension between Israel and the PA are preventing us from triggering our response," prisoners wrote.

"The reason is that we want all the Palestinian national components to support us as this time. We don’t want them to erect sit-in tents, but rather take political steps."

In October, prisoners in Israeli jails went on hunger strike for over three weeks to protest worsening conditions, including solitary confinement, shackling and prevention of family visits.

Thousands of demonstrators staged rallies in the West Bank and Jerusalem and set up sit-in tents to support prisoners who refused food.
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