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Dozens of Palestinian prisoners start open-ended hunger strike in Ashkelon jail

50 Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon jail started an open-ended hunger strike on Sunday in protest at their exposure to ongoing repressive measures.

In this regard, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for any escalation of the situation in Ashkelon jail.

According to the Commission, the administration of the jail has been practicing arrogance and hatred against the prisoners and assaulting them for over two months, with no reason.

The prison administration escalated its aggression against the prisoners on the last days of the holy month of Ramadan and during the Eid holiday and deprived them of holding communal prayers and practicing their religious rituals, the Commission affirmed.

“All measures are carried out at the behest of Yaakov Shalom, the prison warden, who make threats against the prisoners in order to provoke and blackmail them,” the Commission said.

Recently, the Ashkelon prison had seen meetings between representatives of the prisoners and officials from the Israeli prison service in order to redress the situation and prevent the intended hunger strike, but the talks failed because of Shalom’s arrogance and racism