Hunger Strike Deal
Unknowns remain on deal terms.
by Stephen Lendman
Palestinian hunger strikers redefined courage. Mass willingness to die for justice is unprecedented.
On May 13, they reiterated their dignity or death steadfastness. More on that below.
Reports about where things stand leave unanswered questions. On Sunday, Haaretz headlined "Israel, Palestinian prisoners on verge of deal to end hunger strike," saying:
A Fatah Central Committee member claims the Israel Prison Service (IPS) will present strikers an agreement on May 14. Egyptian officials are mediating on behalf of Palestinians.
On May 14, the International Middle East Media Center headlined "Israel to Present a Deal on Hunger Striking Prisoners," saying:
The Palestinian Prisoner Association said "Israel will present a deal that will include references to administrative detention, solitary confinement, and visiting permits for Gazan families."
On May 14, Maan News headlined "Egypt brokers deal to end hunger strike," saying:
An unnamed Palestinian source close to ongoing talks said Egypt struck a deal that includes "Israel's acceptance of prisoners' demands in exchange for ending the hunger strike."
Final details are being resolved. An official announcement will follow. Israeli officials didn't comment.
Late Monday, news broke. Strike leaders and IPS officials agreed on terms. They include:
Israel will make specific accusations or release administrative detainees at the end of their terms.
Solitary confinement will end within 72 hours. All detainees are included.
Family visit bans will end. The punitive Shalit Law imposing them will be revoked.