S African Politicians, Journalists on 24-Hour Solidarity Hunger Strike
Several ministers of the South African government had declared they will open a 24-hour hunger strike between the 14th and 15th of May in solidarity with some 1,300 Palestinian prisoners currently on the 26th day of a mass hunger strike.
Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative [PNI] movement Mustafa Barghouthi said in a statement Friday that South Africa's minister of health, minister of communications, minister of industry and economic development, and minister of science will participate in the hunger strike along with six deputies of ministers, high officials and leaders of the African National Congress [ANC], journalists, and leaders of national social organizations.
Meanwhile, a statement by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions [BDS] movement in South Africa confirmed that the 24-hour hunger strike is an act of support and for "the fair demands of Palestinian prisoners and a means to exert pressure on the ‘Israeli' government to force it to respond to the hunger strikers' demands."
The Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike had been calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands for basic rights.
According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, 40 percent of the male Palestinian population has been detained by "Israeli" authorities at some point in their lives, as rights groups have long accused the "Israeli" entity of using routine imprisonment as a tool to erode family and political life in the Palestinian territory.
"Israeli" authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since its occupation of Palestine in 1948.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team