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Group: Prisoners refuse Israel's isolation policy compromise

April 29, 2012 4:52 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2012 1:49 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees have refused a compromise offered by Israeli authorities to end their hunger strike, a prisoners group said on Sunday.

A key demand of the mass strike launched two weeks ago, detainees insist that the policy of holding Palestinians in solitary confinement is scrapped.

Around 2,000 prisoners are refusing food in Israeli jails to protest their conditions, prisoners groups estimate.

Israeli prison authorities suggested isolated prisoners be gathered into a special section, and agree not to be involved in political activities outside jail upon release from solitary confinement, al-Ahrar prisoners group said. Prisoners refused the offer, the group said.

Director of al-Ahrar Fouad Khafash said prisoners refuse "half-solutions", and their demand to end solitary confinement is supported by international law.

The popular committee for detainees said Sunday that there are 19 Palestinian detainees being held in solitary confinement, including Hamas leaders.

Al-Ahrar questioned Israel's long-term isolation of prisoners, highlighting the cases of Mahmoud Issa, in solitary confinement for 13 years, and Hasan Salameh, who has spent 10 years in isolation.
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