Palestinian prisoners in Negev prison said, on Sunday, that they sent a notification to the Israeli Prison Service, saying that they will launch a hunger strike next month.(Al Ray) Palestinian Prisoners’ Club lawyer Jawad Boulos, who visited the prisoners, said that the strike comes in protest of the degrading inspections and other humiliations practiced against their families during visits and intentionally leaving them waiting for long hours.

Boulos added that the Negev prisoners suffer from abuse inside the prison sections, hard conditions and the policy of medical negligence.

Since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel. This represents approximately 20% of the total population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), and 40% of all males.

Despite prohibition by international law, Israel detains Palestinians in prisons throughout Israel, far from their families, who almost never obtain the necessary permits to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories to visit them.