Palestinian prisoners hunger strike still strong

The hunger strike by at least 1,500 Palestinian prisoners is now entering its 5th week. Amid complete isolation and continued harassment by Israeli authorities, the prisoners are holding firm in their fight for their rights. Solidarity actions in support of the hunger strike have continued throughout the world and in the Palestinian lands of the West Bank and Gaza. A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during a recent solidarity demonstration. There is mounting concern about the health of many of the prisoners, though there are now some signs that the Israeli government may be open to negotiations.