Israel may try to tempt hunger strikers with aromatic cookouts
Israeli jailers may try to break a Palestinian hunger strike with barbecues, hoping the aroma of grilling meat will wear down security prisoners protesting conditions and demanding more access to their families.
About 1,600 prisoners launched the strike on Sunday, the largest such protest since the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians erupted nearly four years ago.
Ofer Lefler, a spokesman for the Israeli prison authority, said officials are considering jailhouse cookouts, hoping the tempting aroma would entice prisoners into breaking their strike.
He said that no decision has been made on whether to hold the barbecues, adding that Israel's main concern is to prevent the deaths of prisoners.
The hunger strikers are pressing for greater access to phones, more family visits and an end to strip searches. Many prisoners have not seen their families because an Israel security closure restricts Palestinians from entering Israel.
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