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Press release by Hamas chief on Israeli crackdown on Palestinian detainees

25 February, 19

The Palestinian detainees held in Israeli jails are fighting in a new battle against the Israeli occupation. With enormous steadfastness and strong will, the detainees are fighting off the Israeli illegal violations perpetrated by the Israeli Prison Service against them. In fact, the Israeli occupation is determined to commit crimes and to target the Palestinian detainees.

The movement follows up the conditions of the Palestinian detainees, especially on the heels of new measures imposed by the Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, but the detainees demonstrate extraordinary steadfastness in face of the occupation.

Therefore, the Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh states the following:

First: Hamas hails the great sacrifices made by the Palestinian detainees, who are determined not to surrender to the occupation and its policies.

Second: Hamas’ leadership follows up the conditions inside the jails and keeps contact with the Higher Leadership Committee of the Prisoners. We particularly follow up what is happening in The Negev Jail. Hamas stresses that it would spare no effort to stop these crimes and support the detainees.

Third, Hamas calls on all segments of the Palestinian people to mobilize the most possible support for the Palestinian detainees held in the Israeli jails.

Fourth: The movement is conducting a series of calls with different sides to pile pressure on the Israeli occupation to stop these systematic criminal acts against the Palestinian detainees.

Fifth: We call on human rights and international organisations to shoulder their responsibilities and expose the Israeli racist policies against the detainees. They have to stop the Israeli violations and hold the perpetrators accountable.

Although brutal, the Israeli occupation’s crackdown on detainees would not break the will of the Palestinian detainees. Rather, the Israeli violations would backfire with steadfastness and sacrifice.

Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas Political Bureau

February 25, 2019

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