3 weeks into hunger strike, Palestinian inmates add vitamins

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Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba al-Samri, said the Palestinian woman was shot after she purportedly approached Israeli police officers stationed at the Damascus Gate entrance, while holding a knife.

Barghouti has remained politically active behind bars, and is a popular figure among Palestinians who have tipped him among likely candidates to succeed 82-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Erdan said: "I think it is pretty clear that [Barghouti] does not know [he is being filmed], and that if he does he probably doesn't know that the prison service has the ability to obtain what was shown".

Barghouti's wife, Fadwa, said Israel was "resorting to despicable acts" and warned that they would "increase the prisoners' insistence on continuing". The video shows Barghouti appearing to try to hide the evidence by flushing the wrapper down the toilet.

"As I said from the very beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet worldwide standards", Erdan said. It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti's political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen.

"This is a fabrication", Fares said of the footage released Sunday.

Barghouti is serving 5 life terms for murder, the result of directing suicide bombings and other attacks on military and civilian targets in the First and Second Intifadas. The view is obstructed, but the prison service said the envelope contained cookies.

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During a similar hunger strike launched by Palestinian prisoners in 2004, Barghouti was also filmed secretly eating. "The reason for that is that the Israeli government is going out of business because it was not able to end the prisoner hunger strike".

"We expected that some Palestinians would try to spread disinformation regarding the footage".

Hamas dropped its longstanding call for Israel's destruction and severed ties with the Muslim Brotherhood in its policy shakeup announced at its main overseas office in the Qatari capital Doha last week.

At the time of the Abbas-Trump meeting, several thousand Palestinians attended a solidarity rally for the prisoners, with speakers calling for a new campaign of civil disobedience against Israeli rule.

FILE - Motorists pass a banner supporting the creation of a single state for Israelis and Palestinians that reads in Arabic: "If I had to choose between one state and two states, I would choose the one state", in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 23, 2017.

Israelis, meanwhile, see them as terrorists with Israeli blood on their hands. Yaakov Katz, a prominent West Bank settler, says the rapid growth in the number of Israelis settling in the West Bank means the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians is now impossible. His friendliness toward the Palestinian Authority president anxious pro-Israel backers, who hoped for uncompromising support from Trump.

Instead, Israeli authorities have cracked down on the prisoners, forcibly moving many to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscating their clothes and personal belongings and preventing lawyers and family members from visiting them in jail.

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