Peace Routes Join Fast For Palestinian Political Prisoners

This Thursday sees a mass-fast in support of the 1,600-2,000 Palestinian political prisoners who are on hunger strike

Thanks to Linda for sharing details of this upcoming fast. Having not seen any media reports about the hunger strikes, it’s good to be able to share the news. In her own words. Ed

Peace cranes:Peace Routes will be joining the fast (initiated by Jewish voices for peace) on Thursday 17th May in support of the 1,600 – 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike.

One man is close to death having been on hunger strike for over 70 days, others also have seriously weakened health.

Largest hunger strike in history
It is the largest hunger strike in history and most of our main media has failed to report the news of this desperate attempt by imprisoned Palestinians to be heard, where they are protesting about being held without trial, under the ‘arbitrary arrest’ and ‘administrative detention’ procedures, amongst other violations of their human rights.

Hunger strike posterIt is a peaceful protest and should be applauded, the restraint of Palestinians in not turning to violence is little reported in the established news channels.

Many people around the globe are awake to the corporate media’s failing in this respect, and this gap has been filled by other, more trusted alternatives.

Go to (Prisoner rights and Human Rights Association) for more information.

Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 4:46pm



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  1. According to today’s Independent, the hunger strikes have been called off following negotiations between Egyptian/Jordanian representatives and the Israeli government that came up with changes to the prison conditions.

    • Yes that is good news Mike. Thanks to the good will, courage and resolve of many people, especially those on hunger strike the deep rooted injustice has been bought to light, and helped to bring this about. There is still a need to be vigilent and for that reason I will still be fasting tomorrow as planned. Going back to old news the prisoner swap of one key Israeli prisoner released in exchange for numerous Palestinian prisoners, was met with much fanfare in the main media, but failed to report that a number of these same Palestinian prisoners were re-arrested and imprisoned without trial under the same’administrative arrest’ procedures, May the good news continue.

  2. You can get some idea of the kind of sacrifice made by the hunger strikers when you read this extract from a letter Thaer Halahleh wrote to his daughter‏. (On July 19 2010, Thaer became a father to baby Lamar but only got to meet her months later on October 9, the first visit allowed him since his last arrest and the only time his family were able to see him. Lamar is almost 2 years old now, and knows her father through pictures.)
    “When you grow up you will understand how injustice was brought upon your father and upon thousands of Palestinians whom the occupation has put in prisons and jail cells, shattering their lives and future for no reason other then their pursuit of freedom, dignity and independence. You will know that your father did not tolerate injustice and submission, and that he would never accept insult and compromise, and that he is going through a hunger strike to protest against the Jewish state that wants to turn us into humiliated slaves without any rights or patriotic dignity.”

    Thaer Halhleh was on hunger strike for 77 days until it was ended on Monday 14th May. No other prisoner hunger striker has ever lived this long.
    If Thear lives he will always suffer from the health consequences of starving his body of food for this long. He shows us the strength of the human spirit when faced with injustice.

    • If thousands of prisoners were on hunger strike anywhere else in the world – Iran for instance – I’m pretty sure there would have been some news coverage. The BBC is appallingly biased in favour of Israel. According to Conservative Friends of Israel, 80% of Conservative MPs are members – and the Lib Dems and Labour Party also have ‘Friends of Israel’ groups. Shows again how out of touch our political representatives are with the rest of us. However, they can’t fool us – despite the propaganda and mis-reporting a BBC survey recently found Israel to be very near the bottom of a survey rating the popularity of countries, with 68% of the British population having a negative view of Israel largely as a result of their foreign policy – and this despite an absolutely enormous Israeli propaganda department churning out mis-information, both in Israel and abroad.

      When the Rafah Gate to Gaza was opened this was dutifully reported by British media but there was absolutely nothing about it being closed again 2 days later. It’s hard to believe the Israeli government won’t break their promises as they always do once the media spotlight is off them, but we should applaud such an amazing demonstration of solidarity and peaceful resistance on the part of the hunger striking prisoners.

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