Israeli police crack down on protests in support of Palestinian prisoners – Middle East Monitor
Israeli occupation police cracked down on Arab protesters on Friday who took to the streets in support of Palestinian prisoners, Arab48 reported.
Arab residents of Haifa and Umm Al-Fahm staged two separate protests to support the prisoners and condemn the Israeli aggression against them.
Israeli police attacked one of the protesters and arrested him in Umm Al-Fahm. He was then released.
Protesters held up signs that read:
Liberty for the prisoners of liberty. Freedom for the heroes. All support for our heroes behind Israeli bars.
Activists also reported assault by Israeli police during the demonstration in Haifa and arrested Abdullah Bodeer, who was later released after being beaten.
During both protests, protesters hoisted the Palestinian flag.
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Lawyer and activist Odai Mansour said, “The message of the protests shows support for prisoners inside Israeli jails, where they face harsh conditions.
Umm Al-Fahm activist Sirin Jabarin said: “Our action is against occupation, Zionism and repression. The issue of prisoners woke us up again.
In the previous days, following the escape of six prisoners from the Israeli high security prison in Gilboa, the Israeli Prison Service has taken severe action against prisoners in all Israeli prisons.
Rejecting the Israeli aggression, the prisoners burned several cells and clashed with the Israeli forces guarding the prisons.
Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces have set up hundreds of checkpoints across the occupied West Bank to prevent the resettlement of escaped prisoners to the occupied territories.
On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the Israeli occupation tracked down and re-arrested four of the escaped prisoners in two separate areas of Israel. The search for the other two is still ongoing.
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