Bradford PSC calls off solidarity fast

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Bradford’s 24-hour fast in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers is OFF – because the Israeli authorities have granted the prisoners most of their demands.
The Palestine Solidarity campaigners’ 24-hour fast was to begin at 5pm on Wednesday May 16, but today (Tuesday) the Israeli authorities agreed to end solitary confinement for all prisoners and allow around 400 prisoners from Gaza to receive family visits. It agreed to discuss improvements to prison conditions, such as access to televisions and telephone calls.
According to the Guardian newspaper: "Prisoners on administrative detention orders – Israel’s term for imprisonment without charge or trial, the key issue behind the hunger strike – will not have their terms renewed without fresh information or evidence being brought before a military judge."
Bradford PSC member Karl Dallas, who planned the solidarity fast with the late Abu-Bakr Rauf minutes before the latter’s death, commented: "This deal is a compromise, which means that many of the prisoners’ demands have not been met, even though the hunger-strike has been called off.
"Though we have called off our solidarity fast, we must continue to keep up the pressure until Israel agrees to the demand of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, that all the 5000 prisoners in Israeli jails should either be released or charged and put on trial.
"We will not be satisfied until this has been done."

KARL DALLAS
15 Church Green
BD8 7QN
Tel: +44 (0)788 077 0721

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About Karl Dallas

Former BBC and IRN presenter, presenter of jazz, classical, movie and talk shows on Bradford Community Broadcasting, editor and presenter of VideoCaroline, "the best TV over the Seven Seas".
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