Fasting in Israeli Prisons

At long last Palestinian resistance to Israel has shown something beyond guns and bus bombings.  The venerable traditions of Gandhi, King and Chavez.  I am willing to suffer — that you may understand.


The newest heroes of the Palestinian cause are not burly young men hurling stones or wielding automatic weapons. They are gaunt adults, wrists in chains, starving themselves inside Israeli prisons.

Each day since April 17, scores of Palestinian prisoners have joined a hunger strike that officials say now counts more than 1,500 participants. And on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority’s minister of detainees said that if Israel did not yield to their demands for improved prison conditions, the remaining 3,200 would soon join in.

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