Palestinian prisoners announce new confrontation after 'agreement broken' by Israel

Palestinian prisoners announce new confrontation after 'agreement broken' by Israel
The current escalation inside Israeli jails coincides with a large wave of arrests by Israel against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank; more than 200 Palestinians were arrested in the last month, according to the Prisoners' Club.
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West Bank
17 August, 2022
According to human rights groups, some 4,450 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, including 27 women, 175 children and 650 detainees without charges. [Qassam Muaddi/TNA]

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails announced on Tuesday through a statement, made public by the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, that they are preparing for a new confrontation with the Israeli prison authorities.
The statement said that the prisoners' leadership within Israeli jails is discussing protest actions, including a possible mass hunger strike after the Israeli authorities broke an agreement made last March with the prisoners.
In March, Palestinian prisoners' leadership announced a mass hunger strike to begin by the end of the month in protest of restriction measures by Israeli authorities implemented after the Gilboa prison break. The strike was called off after an agreement was reached the eve of the first day of the strike.

"The most important issue at the time was that Israeli jails authority had informed the prisoners that they will start practising a set of measures for high-sentence prisoners," Ayah Shreiteh, spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners' Club told The New Arab.
"These measures include shackling hands and feet at all times and constant transferring of the prisoners from one jail to another every three months," said Shreiteh.
"The agreement by which the hunger strike was suspended included to halt the introduction of these measures, and now prisoners were informed that they will be introduced once again, which clearly breaks the agreement," she added.
The prisoners' statement noted that the prisoners had activated the "supreme emergency committee"; an organizational body that regroups all political factions inside Israeli jails.

"This is the type of body that can call for a mass hunger strike," according to Shreiteh.

Escalation in Israeli prisons between the prisoners and authorities has been on the rise since September after the Gilboa prison break.
The current escalation coincides with a large Israeli wave of arrests against Palestinians in the West Bank; over 200 Palestinians have been arrested in the last month, according to the Prisoners' Club.

Israeli raids also killed five Palestinians in August alone.
Israeli forces say that the ongoing wave of arrests is a continuation of their offensive "Wave Breaker" launched last May in reaction to a series of Palestinian attacks inside Israel.
"We see it rather as part of the pre-electoral atmosphere in Israel, which includes the violence against Palestinians outside and inside of prisons," noted Ayah Shreiteh.

"Even prisoners themselves understand it that way and have been telling us that thy expect an escalation to happen before the next Israeli elections, and here it is."