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Palestinians seek Pizza Hut boycott for mocking hunger strike

14 May 2017

Earlier this week Israel released footage it said shows Barghouti breaking his fast.

Groups of Chileans gathered to support the Palestine prisoners' hunger strike, which has been ongoing for nearly a month, across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"He lied to the Palestinian public when he claimed to be striking".

Palestinians called for a boycott of Pizza Hut on Tuesday after the company's franchise in Israel was accused of mocking hunger-striking prisoners.

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Though in some cases Israeli prison authorities agreed to negotiate with prisoners on improving conditions, they more often than not respond by placing the prisoners in solitary confinement, transferring them between prisons and blocking family visits.

Israel's prison service have not commented on the matter, however officials previously rejected the idea of negotiations.

However, a committee formed to support the Palestinian hunger strikers quickly denounced the footage, calling the video's release part of an Israeli "war of lies" to discredit the prisoner movement.

Barghouti, a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party and a highly popular figure among Palestinians, is serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

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The Palestinian high court ruled in October that the municipal elections should be held only in the West Bank because the judiciary in Gaza did not have the necessary "guarantees" in place - a decision denounced by Hamas as "political".

Meanwhile, Barghouti's lawyer, Khader Shkirat, said the Israel Prison Service abruptly canceled a planned prison meeting with his client that had been scheduled for Thursday.

The protest action, dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike, began on April 17.

"I hope in the near future [Odeh] will go on hunger strike between the walls of prison, for supporting and inciting terrorism", Ilatov added.

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Israel holds about 6,500 Palestinians for offenses carried out in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from stone-throwing to membership in groups outlawed by Israel and attacks that wounded or killed Israelis. The local franchisee in the country removed it immediately and the relationship with the agency that posted it was terminated, and we truly regret any hurt this may have caused.

Palestinians seek Pizza Hut boycott for mocking hunger strike