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Hamas chief hails Palestinian detainees’ victory after ‘dignity battle’

17 April, 19

Ismail Haniyeh, Head of Hamas Political Bureau
Ismail Haniyeh, Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh hailed on Tuesday the Palestinian detainees’ “victory in the Israeli jails” after the Israeli occupation agreed to their demands.

During his participation in a session for the Palestinian Legislative Council on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoner Day, Haniyeh congratulated the Palestinian detainees on their victory in their struggle for dignity and rights.

The Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails ended on Monday their hunger strike after the Israeli occupation agreed to their demands.

Haniyeh noted that the Israeli occupation used the “most painful fist” against the Palestinian detainees, specifically in Negev and Ramon Prisons, injuring dozens of them.

The Hamas chief stressed that his movement would never allow the suffering inflicted by the Israeli Prison Service on the Palestinian detainees to be used for election advertising.

Ceasefire understandings

Haniyeh confirmed that the issue of the Palestinian detainees was ‘part of the timetable’ of the ceasefire understandings with the Israeli occupation.

“We made it clear that no continuous understandings can be reached unless the issue of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is solved,” Haniyeh said.

 “We asked Egypt to tell the occupation to end all sanctions imposed by the Israeli Prison Service, remove the jamming devices, offer good living conditions to the detainees, and allow the detainees’ families to visit their sons and install landline phones inside prisons.”

National Consensus Document

Haniyeh said that he backed using the National Consensus Document, agreed upon by all Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails, as a political program in this stage, noting that it reflected the Palestinian consensus.

The top Hamas official condemned the PA’s decision to cut stipends paid to the families of Palestinian detainees and martyrs, as a “stab in the back of the detainees and their families.” 

Resettlement of Palestinians

Haniyeh reiterated his movement’s rejection to the resettlement of Palestinian refugees and all plans aimed at separating Gaza from the West Bank or abolishing the Palestinians’ claim to Jerusalem and right of return.  

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