From Common Dreams .org Staff


"Rallies of 'solidarity' will take place across the West Bank in Gaza as Palestinians observe 'Prisoners' Day'"

"Palestinians across the West Bank, Gaza, and those held in Israeli prisons hope to draw attention to abusive nature of solitary confinement, the practice of 'detention without charge,' and renew calls for the release of all political prisoners.

The hunger-strikers have a long list of demands, top of which is to protest against administrative detention, a draconian policy that Israel has used to jail indefinitely those it deems a security threat. The action comes on the same day that Palestinian activist Khader Adnan is due to be released as part of an agreement struck earlier this year to end his 66-day hunger strike in protest of his prolonged detention without charge.

Throughout the morning, thousands of people held marches and rallies across the West Bank, with around 3,000 people gathering in Shuhada Square in central Nablus, waving Palestinian flags and holding up pictures of imprisoned relatives, according to Al-Jazeera.

"The Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike are protesting Israel's treatment to prisoners inside the Israeli prisons," Amani Sarahna, a spokeswoman for The Palestinian Prisoner's Association Club, an inmate advocacy group, told CNN. "They are protesting Israel's policy of administrative detention and solitary confinement for prisoners for months at a time. They are protesting the arbitrary fines imposed on prisoners by the Israeli authority, the prevention of families especially of those from Gaza."


What's all that talk about the MIDDLE EASTS ONLY DEMOCRACY ?