Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have threatened on Wednesday evening to launch a hunger strike in protest against the decision of the Israeli occupation authorities to close their purchase accounts from prison stores.
“The coming hours regarding the prisoners’ strike in Ofer prison are crucial,” Said Nahed al-Fakhouri, director of the Prisoners’ Information Office, said in a statement.
“The outcome of the dialogue sessions with the Ofer prison administration so far has not been positive, and the coming hours are crucial on the decision on whether to start a hunger strike.”
“Hundreds of prisoners in Ofer are preparing to fight the battle of the hunger strikes led by national dignitaries, sick prisoners and the elderly,” he said.
“If Ofer’s prisoners decide to go on strike, the prisoners in the rest of the prisons will not stand idly by, but will support them in their battle,” he added.
The prisoners of Ofer aim through their anticipated battle to get important life requirements, and to confront the procedures of the prison administration that escalated with the actions associated with the Covid-19 epidemic,” the statement said.
For its part, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said in a statement, “The prisoners in five prisons, decided to get meals and close sections on Friday and Saturday, in protest against the occupation’s decision to close canteen for the prisoners’ purchases and return their transfer.”
The Prisoners’ Club warned of “the repercussions of the dangerous occupation decision, which affects the basic needs of prisoners, where prisoners rely for more than 60% on the canteen to provide them with proper food and other basic needs.”
On Tuesday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club warned that the situation inside Israeli prisons could explode “unprecedentedly”, following the decision of the Israeli authorities to close the accounts of Palestinian prisoners in the prison shops.
“The occupation authorities have closed the financial account of the prisoners, which means that the prisoners are unable to buy their own food and basic necessities,” said Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.
“The bank transfer was made to the prisoners’ account in the canteen on September 6, but it has not yet reached the Israeli company that supplies the cantons with the purchases, and it was found after a review of the transferred bank that the prisoners’ account had been closed,” Faris added
Israel holds some 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in its prisons, dozens of whom have spent decades in prisons.