We may not ever know if the video showing arch terrorist Marwan Barghouti eating is legitimate as claimed by Israeli authorities, or an edited forgery, as claimed by his wife and supporters.
Whatever the case may be, the hunger strike he is leading is far from fading it now appears, and Israel Prison Authority officials are preparing to move hunger-striking terrorists to a geriatric facility in Rishon L’Tzion. On the one hand, they wish to keep the prisoners out of hospitals, and there are also security concerns as we are dealing with 856 hunger-strikers, according the Yisrael Hayom daily.
The possibility of setting up a field hospital near the prison to treat the hunger-strikers seems to have been abandoned, at least for now.
Prison officials are however being active and not just watching the hunger-strikers deteriorate. Following consultations with Health Ministry officials, they are receiving vitamins and salt as well as permitted cigarettes. It is explained the vitamins and salt will assist in preventing irreversible damage.
Barghouti has also sent a letter to the Shin Bet demanding that he be treated like Jewish security prisoners, which is not the case to date.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)