Randomly-chosen quotation:
"The Arab village of Ghabisiyya near Nahariya was conquered and evicted a few days after the state was founded."
(Tom Segev, 11 February 2011)

1,600+ Palestinian political prisoners declare an open ended hunger strike to protest against the deplorable conditions under which they are held. Their demands:

  1. Install a public landline for all of the prisoners in all [Israeli] prisons and sections so that they can communicate with family members.
  2. Family visitation:
    • End the International Committee of the Red Cross’ reduction of family visitation to once a month. Resume offering family visitation twice a month.
    • Establish the opportunity for family visitation twice a month as irrevocable.
    • Allow all first-degree and second-degree relatives of prisoners to visit them.
    • Increase family visitation from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
    • Allow the prisoners to have a photograph with their families every three months.
    • Build facilities for the comfort of visitors and families at the prisons’ gates.
    • Allow children and grandchildren under the age of 16 to visit detainees.
  3. Medical file:
    • Close the so-called Ramla prison hospital because it lacks basic medical equipment and medication.
    • End medical negligence.
    • Allow regular medical check ups.
    • Allow surgery as needed.
    • Allow specialist doctors to check prisoners.
    • Release sick detainees, especially those with special needs and chronic illnesses.
    • Exempt prisoners from paying for their medication.
  4. Respond to the demands and rights of Palestinian female prisoners, especially in regards to transfer conditions and physical barriers between detainees and family members during visitation.
  5. Transfer van (Bosta):
    • Treat prisoners in a humane manner while transferring them in the Bosta.
    • Return prisoners visiting clinics and courts to prisons; do not to hold them at crossings.
    • Prepare crossing for human use, and to provide meals for prisoners.
  6. Add TV channels that suit the needs of prisoners.
  7. Install air conditioners in prisons, especially in Megiddo and Gilboa prisons.
  8. Re-install kitchens at prisons and place them under the supervision of Palestinian detainees.
  9. Allow prisoners access to books, newspapers, clothes, foods, and special items for family visitation.
  10. End solitary confinement policy.
  11. End administrative detention policy.
  12. Re-start the education program at the Hebrew Open University.
  13. Allow Palestinian prisoners sit for Tawjihi [high school] matriculation exams in an official manner.

Mass hunger strike day#:

Recent events
22-23 May 2017
Trump visit to Israel and West Bank
22 May 2017
Palestinian stage one day general strike in the West Bank in solidarity with hunger strikers
21 May 2017
Israeli military staged night-time raids, stormed houses, and kidnapped at least 9 prominent activists, community leaders and former political prisoners
19-21 May 2017
Projected Trump visit to Saudi Arabia
18 May 2017
US warplanes bomb Syrian govt-backed militia convoy
14 May 2017
Israeli soldiers stormed and ransacked house; kidnapped Palestinian writer and intellectual Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh yet again
13 May 2017
PA elections in West Bank
10 May 2017
Projected, but cancelled, German-Israel summit in Jerusalem