Five British Women held in Givon Prison near Tel Aviv continue to refuse food
The five British women imprisoned by the Israeli government for their part in ‘Welcome to Palestine 2012’ are refusing food in support of the demandsof Palestinian political prisoners. Some 3,500 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel started a hunger strike yesterday demanding rights to family visits and education, an end to isolation and an end to administrative detention, a procedure under which detainees are held without charge or trial. Khader Adnan, who ended his protest hunger strike in February after 67 days, was released yesterday. There are currently three Palestinian political prisoners who have been striking for more than 40 days. In total Israel holds 4,610 political prisoners, including 6 women and 203 children.
The five women, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dumfries and Glasgow, were
taken to Givon prisonon landing at Tel Aviv airport on Sunday. They were amongst
1,300 international participants of the ‘Welcome to Palestine’ initiative that sought to highlight Israel’s blockade of the West Bank and attempts to isolate Palestinians. In addition to the five women, four British men are being held at Givon prison near Tel Aviv.