Article courtesy of Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|03 Ramadaan 1438
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated Palestinian prisoners on Sunday after Palestinian leadership said that a mass 40-day hunger strike succeeded in achieving the majority of its stated demands.
The ministry joined other officials from the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Fatah movement, and the Hamas movement, by lauding the outcome of the hunger strike as an important victory.
“The prisoners’ decision to go on an open-ended hunger strike was not easy, as they were well aware that they would be facing an unfair occupation that refuses to acknowledge them as prisoners of war or political detainees, and refuses to comply with Geneva conventions,” the foreign ministry’s statement said.
The statement said that the hunger-striking prisoners emerged from “a battle that was full of risks, yet well studied, which relied only on their conviction and wide popular support.” The ministry also affirmed that the prisoners’ issue remained the top priority for Palestinian political leadership.
The ministry denounced the suppressive punitive measures used by Israeli prison authorities throughout the strike, and further condemned Israeli leadership for politicizing the hunger strike and “complicating the situation.”
“None of this would have happened if Israeli authorities had only responsibly dealt with the strike in accordance with international human rights law,” the ministry argued, adding that Israel “eventually surrendered to the prisoners’ demands, demonstrating that the will and determination of Palestinians has no limits.”
“In the end, the prisoners’ determination to continue with the strike, popular support in Palestinian society, and the support of various foreign countries and governments is what brought about a positive outcome.”
The foreign ministry said that the wide support from the international community came as a result of “serious diplomatic effort by Palestinian leadership,” with many delegations being sent to gain international support for hunger strike.
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Maliki met with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva following direct orders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the statement said, which also highlighted Abbas’s intervention on different levels.