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"Day of Rage" in Arab Towns: Many Protests in Yesha and East Jerusalem

Palestinians declare “Day of Rage" in support of the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike. Dozens of Palestinians were injured in clashes with security forces during demonstrations

| 30.04.17 | 09:48
Day of Rage in Arab Towns: Many Protests in Yesha and East Jerusalem
Over the weekend, "day of rage" demonstrations took place when Palestinians declared support of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. According to the hunger strike organizing committee at least 1,200 Palestinian prisoners, most of them in Ofer Prison near Ramallah, continue into their 12th day of the strike.
 
According to the Palestinian Red Cross/Crescent, at least 28 Palestinians were injured in clashes with IDF forces during the demonstrations and clashes were recorded in areas near Nablus and Ramallah, as well as in Bil'in, Salfit, Beit Umar and Kalkilia.
 
In Bethlehem the PA security forces prevented young people from going wild.
 
Seven Israelis were slightly injured by stone-throwing in Sinjil. Security sources said that there were stone throwing incidents at several locations, mainly near the Calandia checkpoint, Beit Umar, and the Tomb of Rachel in Bethlehem. Israeli security forces dispersed the demonstrations, some of them spraying tear gas.
 
Demonstrations throughout the West Bank took place at the end of the Friday mosque services, some took place outside the mosques in support of the prisoners.
 
The Palestinian prisoner hunger strike began 12 days ago, under the orders of Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah terrorist who is serving five life sentences in Israel. Barghouti along with other prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement during the first days of the strike.
 
Since Friday morning, residents of the Nitzana area have reported difficulties and inability to use cell phones, and cellular based systems as well as advanced farming systems. This was because the Israel prison system and cellular networks blocked transmitters to prevent security prisoners imprisoned in the Ketziot prison and in the Nafha prison from having conversations during their hunger strike to coordinate their next steps.
 
The cellular companies partially removed the blocks, after residents and farmers claimed that blocking the cellular networks severely harmed the ability to access agricultural control systems and stopped irrigation computers from working.