Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails went on a hunger strike on Tuesday (29 July) in sympathy with security prisoners in Nafha Prison who've been refusing to eat in protect over prison conditions.
GV, SV & SCU Demonstrators with banners and placards in Jerusalem (3 SHOTS)
CU Woman demonstrator speaking in English (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV Demonstrators chanting (2 SHOTS)
SV Prisoners walking during exercise time
GV Ex-prisoner Toufik Mustaffa Abu Zahara in hospital bed surrounded by family and nurses
SV Zahara speaking in English
DEMONSTRATOR: "Our sons are determined to continue the hunger strike until their basic demands are met, even at the risk of dying in the meantime. Their slogan is now: 'Yes to starvation, no to capitulation.' Our sons have spent years in other Israeli prisons before being transferred to Nafha. Although treatment of Palestinian prisoners has always been humiliating, they never stayed in a prison obviously designed for the purpose of slowly killing the prisoners."
CROWD: "We want air for our sons -- we want air for our sons."
ZAHARA: "We know that these places are not comfortable places -- it is not for pleasure. We know that they are jails, but we don't like to die in such a way, we want to...what do you call it? Never mind, we have to do our best to improve our situation, and that is our right to do that."
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Background: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails went on a hunger strike on Tuesday (29 July) in sympathy with security prisoners in Nafha Prison who've been refusing to eat in protect over prison conditions. An Israel Radio report said two hundred and six prisoners in Ashkelon, and forty-four in Ramle prison, joined the strike by thirty-four Arabs in Napha in the Negev Desert. Two of the Napha hunger strikers died last week (21-25 July), after reportedly being force-fed. Their deaths prompted a rally by about a hundred Arab demonstrators on Friday (25 July) outside the Jerusalem Press Club.
SYNOPSIS: Arab women marched through Jerusalem protesting against the deaths of two Arab hunger strikers at Nafha prison. Both were said to have developed pneumonia after food pumped into their mouths entered their lungs. They were among seventy-eight political prisoners refusing to eat.
Israeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg has launched an inquiry into the two deaths. Prison authorities have opposed the move. They contend Dr. Burg should be supporting, and not investigating, them. One hunger striker, released from Nafha, spoke from a bed in Jerusalem's Makassid Hospital, where he's recovering from having gone without food.