Palestinians jailed in Israel go on hunger strike




By IANS,

Ramallah : Palestinians jailed in Israel began a hunger strike on Tuesday demanding an improvement of their detention conditions.

Qadoura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoner's Club said about 1, 500 detainees joined the strike on Tuesday, who represent different factions in all Israeli detention facilities and prisons, reported Xinhua.

He added that more prisoners will join the strike if their demands are not met.

The prisoners mainly want an end to the administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold Palestinian activists without a charge, based on secret information that Israel says can not be revealed in courts.

Currently, there are 309 Palestinians held on administrative detention.

The hunger strikers are also pressing Israel to end the policy of solitary confinement and to allow families of Gazan prisoners to visit them.

Representatives of the prisoners have met officials from Israel Prison Service, who promised to respond to the prisoners' demands in two weeks, according to Fares.

The strike coincides with the Palestinian Prisoners' Day, which marks the release of the first Palestinian prisoner in the first exchange deal between Israel and the Palestinians in 1974.

Also on Tuesday, Israel is expected to free a Palestinian prisoner who fasted for 66 days to protest his administrative detention. Khader Adnan, a detained Islamic Jihad member, ended his strike in February after Israel agreed to release him in April.

Another Islamic Jihad member from the West Bank, Hana Shalabi, was released and transferred to Gaza after she had been fasting for 43 days.

Israel holds nearly 5,000 Palestinians, including nine female prisoners. There are 120 prisoners who were arrested before the creation of the Palestinian National Authority in 1994.

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Unholy nexus between Indians & Zionists

Dear TCN Editor,

Please look into these affairs and make Indians aware of the dangers looming over our country. It is high time to groom our people to be part of the good changes we witness across the globe. Please go through the below news item copied here. Zionism is racism + communalism + terrorism + corruption.

The Indian government has confiscated the bank guarantees of a blacklisted Israeli military company following an Indian defense ministry probe into the Israeli firm’s "murky" arms deals.

The Indian ministry has penalized the Israeli Military Industries (IMI) by cashing its $70 million bank guarantees for "violating an integrity pact" in a contract to set up a plant to produce bi-modular charge systems, a propellant for 155 mm guns, at Nalanda in Bihar in eastern India.

The IMI signed the contract with the Indian OFB-Ordinance Factory Board to build ordnance factories in Bihar for manufacturing bi-modular charges for the Indian Army’s 155mm howitzers. The $260 million contract contained an “integrity pact” covering a commitment to abstain from “malpractice.”

Delhi says the IMI forfeited its guarantee as it was "involved in the offer of a bribe" to the former director general of OFB in 2010.

The IMI was among six firms banned by the Indian defense ministry over corruption charges.

The Indian defense ministry hopes that the Nalanda plant, crucial for the army, would start functioning by the end of this year.

The project has been jinxed right from the point it was conceived in the 1999.

The first contract was awarded to South African company Denel, which was banned on allegations of corruption.

The contract, which has resulted in cost over-runs, was then awarded to IMI, which again got into trouble.