Israeli prisons prepared for potential riots as massive hunger strike enters 2nd day

The Israel Prison Service and Israeli security establishment are prepared for potential riots and rallies in support of the massive hunger strike that entered its second day on Tuesday. The leader of the hunger strike, Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, was placed in solitary confinement after The New York Times published the op-ed he wrote.
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The Israeli security establishment was prepared in advance for the massive hunger strike that 1,187 Palestinian security prisoners throughout Israel are conducting. As part of the Israel Prison Service’s plans to deal with the massive hunger strike, dozens of prisoners who are participating in the strike were moved to other wings on Monday and others were stripped of certain conditions and rights that they usually receive. In addition, the IPS is prepared for potential riots within the prisons and the Israeli security forces are prepared for potential rallies in support of the prisoners.

The decision to move the leaders of the strike, including Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, from Hadarim Prison to Kishon Prison is supposed to show the prisoners that the IPS and Israeli security establishment do not intend to grant them their demands or even enter negotiations with them. Barghouti and several other prisoners have been placed in solitary confinement.

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