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Detainees in Israeli jails announce strike action

Feb. 26, 2012 7:42 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2012 10:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Detainees in Israeli jails on Sunday announced a series of measures to undertake strike action in protest against the practice of administrative detention, the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said.

A report produced by the ministry said that prisoners in Nafha, Ramon, Ofer and Eshel jails would initiate a hunger strike one day a week until March. 13.

From March 14, prisoners said that they would escalate their hunger strike to two days a week, and combine it with a campaign of sending letters to Israeli officials.

Prisoners reportedly said that they would use other methods, such as refusing all meals, letters to officials and banging on windows, to escalate their campaign.

On April 14, all detainees in Israeli jails would be encouraged to undertake a hunger strike, the report said.

There are an estimated 307 Palestinians in Israeli administrative detention -- held without charge -- in Israeli jails.

Around 40 percent of Palestinian men living in the occupied territories have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since 1967.
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