Fatah calls 'Day of Rage' to support Palestinian hunger-strikers

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Palestinian political prisoners held under military law have endured 50 years of physical and psychological ill-treatment, kicking, beating, forced stress positions, sleep deprivation, solitary confinement, threats of sexual violence and threats of arrest of family members.

A Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, near Nablus April 28, 2017.

"The United Nations should not remain silent about Israeli violations against prisoners and Palestinian people", the prime minster said.

Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have been striking for over a week over demands for better medical care and greater access to telephone calls.

The Salt Water Challenge appears to have been started by Barghouti's son, Aarab Marwan Barghouti, who on Wednesday posted a video of himself on social media drinking salt water.

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Among those he challenged was "Arab Idol" victor Mohammed Assaf, who responded in kind -- helping the online campaign to go viral. While most spoke in Arabic, others took up the challenge in English, French and other languages.

Palestinian leaders have denounced Israel's refusal to negotiate with the hunger strikers, warning of a "new Intifada" if any of them die. Attorneys who had scheduled authorized visits with their clients were surprised to discover that the IPS has cancelled their meetings for a variety of illegal pretexts relating to the prisoner's participation in the hunger strike, it said. It was the "minimum that we can do for our prisoners", he said.

Six Palestinians were wounded in a series of clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

Israeli authorities have put the number at around 1,200.

Thousands of Palestinians held, Friday, massive nonviolent processions in various parts of Bethlehem governorate, in the occupied West Bank, expressing their solidarity and support with the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, ongoing with the hunger strike for the twelfth consecutive day. Many are also imprisoned under a controversial administrative detention law, which allows Palestinians to be held without charge.

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