Israel punishes hunger strikers for demanding their rights

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners entered day six of their hunger strike on Saturday, while Israeli authorities ratcheted up their punitive measures in an attempt to weaken the collective action. While several men on strike have already been hospitalized, Israeli leaders are refusing to negotiate with the prisoners’ demands.

“When it comes to the hunger strike by terrorists in Israeli jails, I take the approach of Margaret Thatcher,” Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote on Facebook, in reference to the former British prime minister who notoriously allowed Irish hunger strikers to die in prison in 1981.
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