Jordanians Rally for Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Hundreds of Jordanians staged a protest Friday after weekly Muslim prayers in support of Palestinians on a hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

The demonstration was organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and youth organisations.

Marchers in downtown Amman chanted slogans praising about 1,000 Palestinians who are fasting in a protest launched on April 17 by jailed leader Marwan Barghouti.

“Oh prisoners, you are heroes, you are the flame of the struggle” against Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, they chanted.

Others held up signs saying: “The will of our prisoners is stronger that your terrorism”. Some waved Palestinian and Jordanian flags as well as the colors of the Muslim Brotherhood chapter of Jordan, AFP reported.

The march took off from Al-Husseini mosque in central Amman and wound up near the municipality building about one kilometer (0.6 miles) away before breaking up peacefully.

The prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails are only ingesting water and salt.

They launched their protest to demand improved conditions, including family visits, better medical care and phone access.

On Thursday the Arab League, of which Jordan is a member, called on the United Nationals to open an international probe into “violations” made against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.


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