Rearrested Prisoners Freed in Shalit Swap to Go on Hunger Strike

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RAMALLAH, September 22, 2014 (WAFA) – Palestinian Prisoners, who were freed in Gilad Shalit prisoner-swap and later re-arrested by Israel, will launch a one-day hunger strike  on Tuesday in protest of their illegal detention, calling for the need of a prompt intervention to insure their release.

Dozens of prisoners who were freed as part of the 2011 Shalit deal were once again re-arrested by the Israeli army last June.

Israel claims that these prisoners were rearrested based on ‘secret files’, which can’t even be revealed to prisoners’ lawyers and are used as a pretext to have them serve out the remainder of their sentences, noting that many of them are sentenced to life in jail.

“Their arrest is an act of reprisal and means that whats left of their lives would be taken away following tens of years spent in the occupation’s jails,” said Qaddura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PLC).

He noted that prisoners are seriously considering staging an open-ended hunger strike to call for their release.

 

Source: WAFA