Palestinian hunger strike leader Barghouti ‘filmed eating’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMarwan Barghouti was allegedly filmed eating on two separate datesIsrael’s prison service has released a video purportedly showing the leader of a three-week-old hunger strike by Palestinian inmates eating in his cell.

The service said Marwan Barghouti had been filmed consuming cookies in secret on 27 April and a snack bar on 5 May.

It did not say how he obtained the food, but sources told the Haaretz newspaper that he had been set up.

Barghouti’s wife said the footage was “fake” and intended to break the morale of the hunger strike’s participants.

More than 890 prisoners have been refusing food since 17 April in protest at conditions in Israeli jails.

They have issued a list of demands including better medical services, more frequent family visits and an end to detention without trial.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The video was released as Palestinian prisoners ended the third week of a hunger strike

The nine-minute surveillance video released by the Israel Prison Service on Sunday shows a man identified as Barghouti, who was convicted on five counts of murder by an Israeli court in 2004, moving about inside a cell.

The first part, dated 27 April, shows the man opening a white envelope and inspecting its contents before sitting down in the cell’s toilet and closing the door. The view is obstructed, but the prison service said the envelope contained cookies.

Can Jewish settlement issue be resolved?Palestinians face uncertainties over Abbas successionIsrael-Palestinians: Blame and bitterness keeping peace at bay

The second part, dated 5 May, shows the same man opening another envelope, walking to the toilet, and taking out what the prison service said was a snack bar. This time the door is left open and the man appears to unwrap the bar, break off a piece and bring it to his mouth.

The man is then apparently shown eating a packet of salt.

“This hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards,” said Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan. “Barghouti is a murderer and hypocrite who urged his fellow prisoners to strike and suffer while he ate behind their back.”

Image copyright EPA Image caption Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan denounced “Barghouti’s political calculations”

The head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Qadoura Fares, called the video a fabrication, stressing Barghouti was being held in solitary confinement at Kishon prison and had no access to food.

“This is psychological warfare that we expected Israel to wage against the strike,” he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Barghouti’s wife, Fadwa, said Israel was “resorting to despicable acts” and warned that they would “increase the prisoners’ insistence on continuing”.

Barghouti is the former leader of the Fatah movement in the West Bank and chief of its armed wing, the Tanzim.

His trial during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, turned him into household name and he enjoys widespread support among many Palestinian factions.

The 57-year-old has been touted as a possible successor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Related Topics Israel Israel & the Palestinians Palestinian territories Share this story About sharing Email Facebook Messenger Messenger Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp LinkedIn Israel and the Palestinians Top Stories Tough task ahead as Macron basks in win Emmanuel Macron takes his first steps as France’s president-elect in establishing his team after beating Marine Le Pen.

8 May 2017 Man charged over toddler dog attack 8 May 2017 BBC announces TV election debates plan 8 May 2017 Features

View the Original article