RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – An Israeli court on Monday accepted an emergency appeal by the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs to cancel sanctions imposed on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, a lawyer said.
Husam Younis explained that the court decided to allow hunger strikers to take their normal daily break at prison courtyards, a privilege which had previously been banned.
In addition, the court decided to make lawyer visits easier. Younis explained that the Israeli prison service had complicated procedures for such visits. Finally, the court decided to allow entry of new clothes to hunger strikers. Their clothes were confiscated on the first day of the strike, and they were left only with those they were wearing.
Younis added that the ministry of prisoners’ affairs filed an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court against a draft law to be submitted to the Knesset which will enable prison wardens to make prisoners eat and drink by force. Such a law, he said, would be a clear violation to prisoners’ right to protest peacefully.