Israel Seizes 7000 Palestinian prisoners in Jails

Israel Seizes 7000 Palestinian prisoners in Jails

More than 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails have gone on hunger strike.

The strike is being led by imprisoned leader of the Fatah movement Marwan Barghouti, hailed by some as "the Palestinian Mandela", but will involve Palestinians from across the political spectrum and those who are politically non-affiliated.

As hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began on Monday an open-ended hunger strike in conjunction with Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) extended its support and also called on world leaders to intervene in the matter.

The strike was called in connection with Palestinian Prisoners Day, which is observed annually.

There are more than 6 500 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including 500 prisoners held in administrative detention, that is without facing charges or a trial, according to the prisoners' commission.

According to Ynet, Palestinian prisoners at the Meggido Prison in northern Israel claim that since the start of the hunger strike, Israel Prisons Service official have taken a number of retaliatory measures against the strikers, such as the confiscation of radios, televisions and other electronic devices.

He called Israel's military courts in the West Bank an "accomplice in the occupation's crimes through detentions, unjust court sentences, and torture".

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Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan reportedly said on Sunday that the strike was spurred by internal Palestinian politics.

The Israeli government will be responsible for any and all of the consequences of this hunger strike - if a prisoner dies, or becomes extremely ill - they are the ones that will have to handle the outcome.

The prisoners also demand to have periodic medical checkups and to increase the number of visits by the International Red Cross.

Their demands include more family visits and better access to telephones.

1800 detainees suffer with various illnesses, including 180 who are facing life-threatening conditions and 26 cancer patients, in addition to 80 disabled Palestinians.

This hunger strike is the largest Palestinian prisoners have ever launched, said Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian politician and Vice President of Birzeit University.

Al Jazeera reached out to the Israel Prison Service for comment but did not receive a response. Ahmed, who said he'd been arrested seven times in total, has spent a cumulative five and a half years in an Israeli prison-but has only had one family visit in that time.

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