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19 May 2017

Palestinian journalist Majdi Eshtayya was injured when the settler got out of his vehicle and began shooting indiscriminately at a crowd of Palestinians during clashes that erupted with Israeli forces following a march held in solidarity with a mass Palestinian hunger strike now on its 32nd day in Israeli prisons.

The leader of the strike, Marwan Barghouti, also threatened to stop drinking water unless the prisoners' demands for improved prison conditions were met.

An Israeli settler was set free by police on Thursday, after he shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank, saying that he "feared for his life". Several hundred Palestinians are being held without charges or trial, in so-called administrative detention.

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Muataz Bani Shemsay, 23, was killed after being shot in the head by the settler, and an Associated Press news agency photographer wounded before occupation forces arrived and dispersed the Palestinians.

The killing of the two victims brings the number of Palestinians, who were fatally shot by Israeli fire since October 1st 2015, to 312, 299 of them were instantly killed, and 13 others died later from serious wounds.

Israel maintains that conditions meet all global standards, and has so far has refused to negotiate with prisoners.

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A video of another settler handing out chocolates to "celebrate" the death of a young Palestinian man only served to exacerbate anger.

Earlier in the week the Israeli navy shot a Palestinian fisherman dead off the coast of Gaza as he fished, claiming he posed a security threat.

The most violent clashes took place in the West Bank, in the villages of Beita and Bait Djan near Nablus, the Palestinian Red Crescent said. We urge the rest of the worldwide community also to speak up to support the demands of Palestinian prisoners and to insist that Israel immediately enters into serious dialogue with the prisoners about their demands before it is too late.

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