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New Hamas chief vows support for Palestinian prisoners

10 May 2017

The Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails continue their open hunger strike for the 23rd consecutive day on Tuesday, in protest against their poor detention conditions.

The Israeli government on Monday released a video purporting to show the leader of the Palestinian prisoners" hunger strike sneaking food in his cell - but the video does not have a verified time stamp, does not show the face of the prisoner in the cell, and has been discounted by hunger strikers as "pure propaganda'.

While hunger strikes are not uncommon among the 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli jails, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel, this is one of the largest yet.

Barghouti began the hunger strike on April 17, and more than 800 Palestinian prisoners are continuing the protest, according to the Israeli Prison Service.

"These measures to break the morale of prisoners show Israel's failure", she said.

"Pizza Hut's mockery of leaders of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for freedom and dignity adds insult to deep injury", said the BDS's Mahmoud Nawajaa.

Israeli officials released a video which they claim shows Barghouthi eating food - but critics and analysts say the video is not of Barghouthi at all.

Fadwa and other wives and relatives have had no access to the hunger strikers, a situation the International Committee for the Red Cross, the United Nations and other organisations are trying to resolve with Israel.

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Palestinians called for a boycott of Pizza Hut yesterday after the company's franchise in Israel was accused of mocking hunger-striking prisoners.

Pizza Hut issued an apology for the ad on the Facebook account of its franchise in Lebanon.

The post, which Pizza Hut stated came from an agency, has since been removed.

Palestinians had started to call for boycotts of Pizza Hut before several activists from other Arab countries joined the boycott calls.

"Pizza Hut International apologises for any offence caused by a recent post on Pizza Hut Israel's Facebook page".

An image shared by Palestinians on Facebook to promote the boycott of Pizza Hut for its alleged Facebook post, with imagery of a prisoner and an Israeli watchtower emblazoned on the chain's famous logo.

The strike is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a senior member of Fatah, a rival political faction of Hamas.

New Hamas chief vows support for Palestinian prisoners