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More than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on April 17 for their basic human rights.
Join us at the Israeli Consulate to support their demands and to urge the Canadian government to pressure the Israeli government to stop violating prisoners’ rights!
Demands of the strike include:
* End to denials of family visits
* Access to a public pay telephone to communicate with family members
* Appropriate medical care and treatment for sick prisoners
* Right to access higher education at a distance
* End to solitary confinement
* End to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has unleashed a wave of repressive tactics, including the denial of family visits, the denial of legal visits, confiscation of clothing (even toothbrushes and underwear), conducting violent prison raids and reportedly confiscating salt from the prisoners; the viral#SaltWaterChallenge campaign on social media has highlighted the way strikers have consumed only a mixture of salt and water to prolong their survival.
Since 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders. Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have called on Israel to end “unlawful and cruel” policies towards Palestinian prisoners.
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Aboriginal Students’ Association at York University
Afghans Against Extremism – YorkU
Afghans Against Israeli Apartheid
Afghans United for Justice
Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation – Victoria
Canada Palestine Association
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario
Canadian Peace Alliance
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Ontario
Communist Party of Canada – Parkdale Club
Faculty for Palestine
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Friends of Ghassan Kanafani Foundation
Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Justice for Palestinians – Calgary
Kurdish Students’ Association at York University
Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia
Palestinian and Jewish Unity
Palestinian Solidarity Network – Edmonton
Quebec BDS Coalition
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – Concordia
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – McMaster
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – Western
Stop the JNF – Canada
Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University
Students for Justice in Palestine at UOIT/DC
Students for Justice in Palestine at Ryerson
Tamil Freedom Coalition
Toronto New Socialists
Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine
United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel – Toronto
University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union
United South Asians at York
Women in Solidarity with Palestine
York Federation of Students