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The Unfortunate Truth Surrounding the Palestinian Hunger Strikes

on June 23, 2013

What's left of the Left?

(Article originally published by Dissident Voice on 18/07/20120)

In May, 2000 plus Palestinian prisoners ended possibly the largest hunger strike in history. It was a strike with dual purpose: raising awareness and halting the practice of administrative detention — the jailing of Palestinians with no trial and for no given reason — as well as obtaining basic human rights for detained prisoners. Just last week, Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, who spent 3 months on hunger strike, ended his hunger strike and was released from prison.

Both strikes and others between have ended through deals which have resulted in some awareness of administrative detention, but no halt to it, and some, though limited concessions in regards to prisoner rights. There have been calls by some prisoners to begin a mass strike again.

Through the strike last month the hunger striker aimed to reclaim lost dignity and his own fate. For…

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