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Palestinian PM urges Holland to pressure Israel on prisoners
Palestinian PM urges Holland to pressure Israel on prisoners

For more than six weeks, scores of Palestinian "administrative" detainees have been waging a hunger strike to protest their ongoing detention without charge.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has called on Amsterdam to ratchet up pressure on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners.

Speaking at a meeting with Dutch Representative to Palestine BirgittaTazelaar on Wednesday, Hamdallah urged the Netherlands to pressure Israel to fulfill its responsibilities vis-à-vis hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and release them, according to a press release issued by Hamdallah's office.

For more than six weeks, scores of Palestinian "administrative" detainees have been waging a hunger strike to protest their ongoing detention without charge.

They have been joined by scores of other Palestinian prisoners in a show of solidarity.

Hamdallah briefed the Dutch official on the challenges facing the Palestinian economy and the adverse impact of Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian water resources.

Hamdallah said the Palestinians were committed to supporting a two-state solution and the eventual establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He stressed that national reconciliation was a Palestinian choice, pointing out that his new unity government was in touch with Arab countries with a view to activating a financial safety net aimed at helping the government meet its responsibilities.

Tazelaar, for her part, thanked Hamdallah for his role in bolstering Palestinian-Dutch cooperation, saying that these strong relations had led to many development projects that had benefited Palestinians.



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