Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has gone public with his support of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
The newly elected leader offered words of support to those taking part in the protest:
“You are our number one priority in our thoughts and work. Not only in words, but also in actions, on all levels.”
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Israel has released footage of strike organiser and Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti of breaking the protest by eating in his cell.
The Israeli prison service says surveillance was increased and he was caught eating biscuits and chocolate.
Palestinian activists claim Israel is trying to undermine the strike, now in its 21st day.
His wife defended her husband:“He knows that there are cameras, that’s why he can’t fall into this trap that is being fabricated by those criminals and killers.”
Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences for murder.
Marwan Barghouti refused to put up any defence against the charges, he maintained that the trial was illegal and Illegitimate.