A mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been called to an end after 41 days as Israel offered a compromise deal to meet some of the strikers’ demands.
The deal – on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting – means approximately 800 prisoners, led by the prominent Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, will give up their protest in exchange for improved visitation rights.
It suggests a rare recent success on the Palestinian side, and comes despite the repeated insistence by Israeli ministers – not least the public security minister, Gilad Erdan – that they would not give in to any of the strikers’ demands.
There were reports that Donald Trump’s special envoy on the Middle East peace issue, Jason Greenblatt, discussed the strike with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, on Thursday.
An Israeli prison service spokeswoman, Nicole Englander, said the hunger strike ended after Israel concluded a deal with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross for prisoners to receive a second family visit each per month. Read more at The Guardian.