President Donald Trump has made his allegiances to the cause of Israeli colonialism well known since he’s taken office, only offering vague lip service to the human rights concerns of the Palestinians. The “bromance” between Trump and far right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached such a crescendo that reports circulated in the days before Trump’s inauguration that the Israeli PM would, in fact, be in attendance. (Those reports never proved true.)
With the human rights concerns of the Palestinians that Trump has so routinely ignored in mind, over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails are initiating a hunger strike this Sunday morning.
The strike is being led by the politically active, jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti.
Israeli officials claim, as The Times of Israel reports, that the hunger strike is motivated more by internal Palestinian power struggles than by actual, legitimate concerns with the way that Israel treats its Palestinian prisoners. The strike could feasibly be construed as a move designed to force sympathy on the part of Palestinian political leadership to the concerns of Marwan Barghouti.
Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s statement on the matter reads, in part, as follows:
‘The strike led by Barghouti is motivated by internal Palestinian politics and therefore includes unreasonable demands concerning the conditions in the prisons. I have instructed the prison service to act in any way to contain the strike within the walls of the prisons and the Israel Police to prepare and provide any help needed to the prison service for any scenario that is likely to develop.’