Palestinians slam Israel for refusing talks with hunger strikers

Further, Barghouti's defiant refusal to accept the legitimacy of the Israeli court proceedings-an act of civil disobedience-is left unexplained.

The Palestinian prisoners seek better conditions, including more contact with relatives, and an end to Israel's practice of detentions without trials. And so he was convicted based exclusively on the prosecution's evidence, although global experts expressed concern it was "flimsy" and obtained using "questionable methods".

In the piece, Barghouti makes reference to his life sentences and additional 40 - year term but he does not [identify] the crimes for which he was convicted.

The liberal newspaper had to issue an editors' note after multiple commenters blasted their labeling of him as a "Palestinian leader and parliamentarian".

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet, while at least 11 people suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during the clashes.

His leadership of the latest prisoners' hunger strike comes on the heels of his finishing first in the Fatah Central Committee elections in December, cementing his status as the most popular Palestinian political figure, while being sidelined two months ago by the current leadership as Mahmoud Abbas chose Mahmoud al-Aloul as Fatah's first vice president.

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Israeli officials have vowed not to negotiate with the hunger strikers, with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday calling them 'terrorists and incarcerated murderers'. "Barghouti doesn't only believe in violence, he also believes that it's permissible to lie". The Palestinian authority has said that the hunger strike is uniting prisoners from the two rival factions of Fatah and Hamas, which is now governing the Gaza Strip.

"This moral clarity, the readiness to defend our country, the readiness to fight those who would destroy us, is one of our greatest strengths, alongside love of Israel", Netanyahu concluded.

'Countries that have signed worldwide accords must not allow the occupier to be above the law, ' said Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, recently released from prison after being accused of encouraging attacks against Israelis. He launched the strike Monday via a controversial New York Times op-ed, and it has prompted mass public marches in support every day since.

"Those who killed my wife will never be free", he said.

If sustained, the strike led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed during the second Palestinian uprising, would be the largest in recent years. This is the same movement whose followers called Baruch Goldstein a "hero" and a "martyr" after he murdered 29 Palestinians at prayer in Hebron in 1994.

Mossi Raz, secretary general of the left-wing Meretz party, told VICE News he'd be willing to work with Barghouti.