May 4, 2017

The Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations announcements stands in solidarity with and support of over 1,600 Palestinian prisoners on a massive hunger strike in Israeli prisons and detention centers. In protest over illegal and inhumane conditions in Israeli prisons, Palestinian prisoners began a hunger strike on April 17, a day widely recognized as Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

This year marks the 50th year since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and the Gaza strip, and its subsequent establishment of an apartheid regime to dominate the Palestinian people, with charade military courts which routinely charge and put on trial Palestinian leaders, elected legislatures, civilians, including women and children as young as 12 years old.

Israel’s system of apartheid has provided virtual impunity for Israelis who commit crimes against Palestinians, while criminalizing Palestinian existence and resistance. Since the occupation of 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by the occupying authorities and some held for indefinite periods, often without charge or trial.

The hunger strikers are calling for more family visits, better medical treatment, an end to illegal transportation practices of prisoners, as well as an end to torture and administrative detentions.

The Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations stands in solidarity with and support of the hunger strikers until all their rightful demands under international law are met.