(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The Palestinian PM Ismail Haneyya called, in a solidarity tent in Gaza city on Monday, to use all means and ways including resistance options to free the prisoners and support them in their hunger strike that continues for the 14th day running.
Haniyeh called on the Arab and Islamic people and governments to rise up in all revolution squares in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners who represent "a part of this Umma”.
He stressed on the need for a concerted effort at the Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and international levels to support the prisoners' steadfastness and to work by all means for their freedom and dignity. "All the world was moving for releasing the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit whereas 5 thousand Palestinian prisoners are being ignored," he said.
He stressed that the prisoners' determination needs more support from the Palestinian people, promising the prisoners to stand behind them till their freedom and to keep fighting and resisting till attaining their safe return to their homes.
Haneyya confirmed that resistance will never accept negotiating on prisoners' freedom and dignity and they will work to enforce prisoners' rights that are guaranteed by international law and principles.
He appreciated the Palestinian factions’ unity around this issue that is more superior to all differences.
Meanwhile, minister for Detainee Affairs Dr Attallah Abu al-Subah, stated that the two coming days of the strike will be critical, either the prison service respond to the prisoners' demands, else the prisoners are entering a serious stage where hunger striking prisoners might start dying.
Abu al-Subah stressed, in an exclusive statement to the PIC, that the coming days will witness an escalation in the strike where many prisoners will join the open-ended hunger strike and will launch a mass civil disobedience campaign disrupting all facilities and workers within the prison.
He revealed that many meetings were held last week between the captives’ movement leadership and prison service discussing ways to end the strike.
The prison service tried in these meetings to get around the prisoners’ real demands but the prisoners refused to cede their fair demands.
Abu al-Sabuh confirmed that solidarity activities will expand more inside and outside Palestine, stressing on the need to unite all efforts to support the prisoners' fight for their usurped rights.
The Tadamun International for Human Rights stated that the isolated detainee Abdullah Barghouti suffers from low body temperature and low blood sugar and severe weight loss.
Ahmad Bitawi,a researcher for the organization, affirmed that in his meeting with Barghouthi, 19 days into his hunger strike, he noticed that he suffers from a low body temperature about 36° and a sharp decline in sugar reaching 65, causing his dizziness while moving, as he has lost 16 kilograms of his weight, pointing out that at the same time he shows a great steadfastness and determination, insisting to continue his strike.
He added that the prison service of Aylon offered the detainee vitamins and minerals but he refused to drink but water.
For his part Barghouti sent a message from his isolation cell saying that he and his fellow captives are gain to extract their rights and not beg for them from the occupation, praising the Palestinian people solidarity asking them for more support. He also thanked the Jordanian people and the Jordanian engineers Association that has given so much to serve and support the prisoners' issue.
Barghouti stressed that his demands are to allow his family to visit him and to go out with his brothers from isolation, which prisoners call the “graves of the living”, and he expected to be transferred to hospital during the next few days because of his serious health deterioration.
A court hearing to look into his isolation is slated for 2 May 2012 o decide whether to extend or end his isolation.
The Engineer Abdullah Barghouthi, who is serving 67 life sentences, the highest sentence in the history of the Arab-Zionist conflict, is married and a father of 3 children and holds Jordanian citizenship. He was detained since 5 March 2003.
Barghouthi is one of 18 isolated prisoners in occupation prisons and their release from isolation is one of the demands of the captives’ movement and a condition to stop the hunger strike, which entered the 14th day.