Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger to Demand Family Visitation

RAMALLAH, April 19, 2016 (WAFA) – Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Mahmoud Sweiti has been on hunger strike for eight days, demanding that Israeli prison authorities allow his family to visit him, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).

Sweiti’s attorney, Muhannad Shreim, said Sweiti has recently been moved to Soroka medical center in Beersheba, where the former rejected to receive medical treatment as a way of protest against being denied family visitation.

Maysoun Sweiti, Sweiti’s wife, told PPS that her son, Mutasem, and she have been barred by Israeli authorities from visiting her imprisoned husband under security pretences.

Sweiti, 40 years old and a father of four, was detained by Israel in 2007, and is serving a sentence of 22.5 years in prison.

About 7,000 Palestinians prisoners and detainees, including 400 minors and 69 women, are currently incarcerated in Israeli jails, according to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.