LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 9pm

[VIDEO] Palestinian Hunger Strike Leader Secretly Filmed Eating In His Cell

Today marks the 21st day of the mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israel.

The strike was started by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian ex-leader and convicted terrorist who serves five life sentences for murder, in order to demand for better conditions for prisoners.

Now the prison released videos showing the strike leader secretly eating in his cell.

“The first time, on April 27, the footage shows him eating cookies. He removed the cookies from a hiding place in his bathroom, looked around to see that nobody was watching and then ate them.

“The second time, on May 5, he employed the same technique. This time, he was filmed eating candy bar,” the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Set Up

The prison did not explain how the prisoner obtained the food, but it is very likely that it was given to him on purpose.

According to the same publication, sources in the organisation confirmed that they set him up in an attempt to see whether Barghouti was really sticking to the hunger strike.

After the prisoner gave in to his hunger and took the bait, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan claimed that it proves that the hunger strike is about Palestinian politics rather than the conditions of the prisoners.

“As we’ve said all along, the terrorists’ hunger strike isn’t about their prison conditions, but only about Barghouti’s desire to bolster his status in preparation for the day after Abu Mazen,” he said.

Barghouti’s lawyer claimed that this set up is part of Israel’s psychological and media war against the hunger striking prisoners.

“We can’t address the content of the clip so long as they don’t let us meet with Marwan. Let us visit him and then we will check the claims with him," he said in response to the video.

Meanwhile Barghouti's wife, was outraged by the video she believed was fabricated by Israel, deeming it a "low" act proving the "weakness" that Israel is demonstrating against the prisoners' determination.