Netanyahu criticizes Barghouti's New York Times op-ed

The Palestinian detainees, led by jailed terrorist Marwan Barghouti, launched the hunger strike on Monday to press for demands such as better medical services and access to telephones.

Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti (C) is accompanied by Israeli prison guards after a deliberation at Jerusalem Magistrate's court January 25, 2012.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in a statement carried by official news agency WAFA, "called on the worldwide community to save the life of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails". In 2011, Israel swapped more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier who had been held by Hamas for five years.

Other demands include periodic medical examination, visits by the International Red Cross, installing pay phones and air condition systems, allowing prisoners to keep books, newspapers, clothes, and food. "There will be an update later."Barghouti is now serving five life sentences for his role in murderous terror attacks during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s". Israel charged him with directing suicide bombings against its citizens and he was sentenced to five life terms.

"They were lawfully judged and receive conditions in accordance with global law", said the spokesperson.

Some Israeli analysts have sought to highlight the rivalry between Barghouti and Abbas within their Fatah party, suggesting his call for a hunger strike was also related to internal politics.

More than 300 Palestinians have been in prison since before Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo accords in 1993.

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"When a despicable murderer like Barghouti protests in prison for improved conditions, while the relatives of those he murdered are still in pain, there is only one solution - death penalty for terrorists", Katz wrote. "Palestinian prisoners have been demanding these basic rights for years", said Amina al-Taweel, spokesperson for the Hebron-based Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies.

In an op-ed published in The New York Times, Barghouti wrote that Israeli prisons have become the "cradle of a lasting movement for Palestinian self-determination".

In a punitive measure, Israel's prison service transferred Barghouti to solitary confinement in a different prison.

"Gaza, (Alresalah.ps)- Thousands of Palestinians took to the street on Tuesday to celeb rate the Palestinian prisoners" day across the occupied Palestinian territories.

Hunger-striking Palestinians being held under administrative detention and Israeli authorities have negotiated deals in the past.

Palestinian prisoners have gone on a mass hunger strike to demand better conditions.

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