Hunger-striking Palestinian Prisoners’ Demands

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Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli occupation jails began an open-ended hunger strike on Palestinian Prisoners Day, April 17, 2017.

To date 1,600 prisoners have refused food, and the strike is expected to spread.

Their demands:

1. Install a public landline for all of the prisoners in all [Israeli] prisons and sections so that they can communicate with family members.

2. Family visits

A. End the International Committee of the Red Cross’ reduction of family visits to once a month. Resume offering family visits twice a month.
B. Establish the opportunity for family visits twice a month as irrevocable.
C. Allow all first-degree and second-degree relatives of prisoners to visit them.
D. Increase the length of family visits from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
E. Allow the prisoners to have a photograph with their families every three months.
F. Build facilities for the comfort of visitors and families at the prisons’ gates.
G. Allow children and grandchildren under the age of 16 to visit detainees.

3. Medical file

A. Close the so-called Ramle prison hospital, because it lacks basic medical equipment and medication.
B. End medical negligence.
C. Allow regular medical check ups.
D. Allow surgery as needed.
E. Allow specialist doctors to check prisoners.
F. Release sick detainees, especially those with special needs and chronic illnesses.
G. Exempt prisoners from paying for their medication.

4. Respond to the demands and rights of Palestinian female prisoners, especially in regards to transfer conditions and physical barriers between detainees and family members during visits.

5. Transfer van (Bosta)

A. Treat prisoners in a humane manner while transferring them in the Bosta.
B. Return prisoners visiting clinics and courts to prisons; do not to hold them at crossings.
C. Prepare crossing for human use, and to provide meals for prisoners.

6. Add TV channels that suit the needs of prisoners.

7. Install air conditioners in prisons, especially in Megiddo and Gilboa prisons.

8. Re-install kitchens at prisons and place them under the supervision of Palestinian detainees.

9. Allow prisoners access to books, newspapers, clothes, foods, and special items for family visits.

10. End solitary confinement policy.

11. End administrative detention policy.

12. Re-start the education program at the Hebrew Open University.

13. Allow Palestinian prisoners sit for Tawjihi [high school] matriculation exams in an official manner.