Captive Movement triumphs over Israeli inhumane intransigence
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons win their battle against the Prisons Authority and announce suspending their scheduled hunger strike.
The Palestinian Captive Movement announced Thursday the suspension of the open mass hunger strike that was scheduled for Friday, March 25, after the Israeli occupation succumbed to the prisoners' demands.
In a statement, the Movement highlighted that after the Israeli occupation realized that the prisoners' cause is deeply rooted in the conscience of Palestinians, it was forced to undo all its measures imposed against the prisoners.
The movement considered that the solid will of the prisoners proved - as it has always done - that it is capable to respond to the Israeli aggression, stressing that it stopped the Israeli attempts to undermine the prisoners' actions.
It also underscored that a number of breakthroughs in demands were achieved.
The Captive Movement called on Palestinian factions to end any division and consolidate national unity in the face of the Israeli occupation.
Prisons Authority responded to the prisoners' demands
In the same context, the Prisoners' Information Office confirmed that the occupation has acquiesced to the prisoners' demands to return several cantina items it had prevented them from, stressing that the prisoners forced the Prisons Authority to agree to increase the amount of money allocated for the cantina.
In addition, the Prisons Authority responded to the prisoners' demands to re-activate the public phone for ill prisoners and to set a clear date for installing a phone for women prisoners.
The Israeli Prisons Authority also canceled its decision to transfer prisoners sentenced to life every six months.
Palestinian factions hail prisoners' victory
For their part, the resistance committees congratulated the Captive Movement on its victory over the Israeli occupation, stressing that they will always stand behind prisoners in all their battles.
The committees considered that protecting prisoners and confronting all forms of Israeli crimes against them is a national priority.
Following the announcement, Awad Al-Sultan, the head of the prisoners’ committee in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, hailed the prisoners' achievement after their long battle.
Al-Sultan stressed that this achievement is added to the heroic record of the Captive Movement.
For his part, Hamas Spokesperson Hazem Qassem considered that the Captive Movement has once again proven its ability to confront and extract its rights from the so-called Israeli Prisons Authority, stressing that the achievement confirms that Palestinians will continue fighting until achieving their freedom.
Qassem indicated that the entire national forces stand behind the prisoners' cause and their just demands and will support any decision taken by the prisoners' movement.
This comes after the Palestinian Prisoners Club confirmed that the prisoners will begin their mass hunger strike on Friday if their demands were not met.
4,500 prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons
Last Friday, Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons announced that they would go on an open hunger strike before the start of the month of Ramadan, with the aim of ending the punishments imposed by the Prisons Authority in the wake of Operation Freedom Tunnel.
The prisoners' demands were to cancel all collective punishments imposed on them during the past few years.
In particular, they demanded improving the conditions of sick prisoners and providing them with the necessary treatment, as well as improving the conditions of women and children prisoners. They also called for ending the arbitrary solitary confinement policy and securing their most basic needs.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, the number of prisoners detained in the Israeli occupation prisons reached about 4500, including 34 female prisoners and about 180 children.