Palestinian human rights organization sources are reporting identical information regarding an immediate call by Palestinian detainees in Israeli Prisons for hunger strike upon the arrest of Palestinian government officials. The call came after the arrested legislators and officials started a hunger strike

Israeli forces arrested some 38 members of Palestinian government, including eight Palestinian Legislative Council members.

These arrests of government officials were reffered to by Palestinian media sources and officials as “kidnappings,” especially since the arests targetted elected legeslators and government officials.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society issued a statement denouncing these political arrests, as the Israeli government has been engaging in for years, regarding people in the prisons as bargaining chips.

The Society reported that political prisoners in Israeli jails must be released in order to alleviate the current crisis.

Israeli forces arrested at least 80 elected Palestinian government officials from the Hamas party to its prisons.