Palestinian prisoners stage mass hunger strike

In an unprecedented event, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners began a co-ordinated open ended mass hunger strike earlier this week. The hunger strike is being dubbed the ‘Freedom and Dignity’ strike. The demands of the prisoners are around better access to family, medical treatment, as well as a whole series of improvements to their conditions of incarceration. While this strike is only a week old, already the political tensions are increasing in the face of Israel’s intransigence and unwillingness to negotiate. Solidarity events are being staged globally.