The families of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners participated in a march on Monday in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem in solidarity with their relatives incarcerated by Israel. The march was jointly organized by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Association in Bethlehem, and the Palestinian Ministry of Education.The demonstrations set of from the Ministry of Education’s headquarters, escorted by the “freedom train” — which was first built to symbolize the Palestinian right of return to commemorate Nakba day — and headed to the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque. Pictures of hunger-striking prisoners were hung on the train and names of Israeli prisons were written on it. Head of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Association in Bethlehem Mohammad Hameda said during the protest that the health conditions of hunger-striking brother Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul and Malik al-Qadi were deteriorating.


He said that Israeli doctors informed that Mohammad Balboul, who has been on hunger strike for 65 days, could suffer from complete paralysis at any moment due to his refusal to consume vitamins.
Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said that the large numbers participating in the march was a message to hunger-striking prisoners that “they were not alone in their fight against administrative detention.”
The Ministry of Education Deputy Manager Bassam Jabr said that “the Palestinian people will not give up on Palestinian prisoners who sacrificed their lives for freedom.”
Solidarity demonstrations for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners have been ongoing since a mass-movement began in Israel’s prisons in recent months, against Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention, used almost exclusively against Palestinians, which permits sentencing without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence which even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.