Saturday 28th April 2012
Support Palestinian hunger strikers – End Administrative Detention! End the Occupation!
Opposite 10 Downing Street, London (nearest tube Westminster)
4pm to 5.30pm
Support the Hunger Strikers! Join us outside Downing Street on Saturday to protest against administrative detention!
Around 1200 Palestinian prisoners started a mass hunger strike last week in protest against a range of issues including administrative detention. This has risen to an estimated 2,000 prisoners, according to Addameer.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has escalated its punishments of hunger striking prisoners including confiscation of personal belongings prison transfers and the use of solitary confinement and denial of family and lawyer visits. Addameer lawyers have been denied access to all hunger striking prisoners, who are also being denied salt for their water in Ashkelon and Nafha prisons, raising serious health concerns.
Female prisoner Lina Jarbouni also declared an open hunger strike on 19 April and was taken to solitary confinement on the same day.
The number of Palestinians held in administrative detention has risen steadily over the last eighteen months; the Palestinian prisoners group Addameer states that there are an estimated 322 prisoners held without charge.