The “Old Prisoners,” Palestinian prisoners held in occupation prisons since before the Oslo accords in 1993, have announced that they intend to launch an open-ended hunger strike on September 13, 2012, the nineteenth anniversary of the Oslo accords, demanding their release.
They pointed out, in a statement, that they will go on an open hunger strike under the slogan “freedom or martyrdom” on the nineteenth anniversary of the Oslo agreement, demanding their release, reported the Palestinian Information Centre.
Oslo agreement was a big shock especially that it did not mention the prisoners’ liberation at all, but it left them as a prey to the Israeli occupation, forgetting the prisoners’ role in struggling for the freedom and independence of their country and their people, the statement said.
PLO leaders had stated at the time that our release would be soon, 19 years have passed since the signing of that fateful agreement, and nothing was achieved, they said in the statement, stressing that they suffer a state of neglect and disregard.
There are 121 Old Prisoners, who have collectively served over 3500 years in occupation prisons. Demands for their release have been raised from time to time as potential conditions for negotiations by the Palestinian Authority.
The prisoners held PLO leaders, the PA, and the national and Islamic factions, particularly Fatah and the PA president Mahmoud Abbas responsible for their release and their lives.
@Palhunger on Twitter will provide regular updates and calls to action on the strike of the Old Prisoners.