Why are Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike?
Photo Credit: Nasser Nasser via AP

Why are Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike?

The protests igniting across the Occupied Palestinian Territories to support 1,500 hunger strikers are not merely an act of 'solidarity' with the incarcerated and abused men and women who are demanding improvements to their conditions. They are, in essence, protests against the very reality of Palestinian life -an Israeli created status quo. The prisoners held captive in Israeli jails are a depiction of the life of every Palestinian, trapped behind walls, checkpoints, in refugee camps, in Gaza, in cantons in the West Bank, segregated Jerusalem, waiting to be let in, waiting to be let out. Simply waiting.


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