Palestinian Hunger Striking Steadfastness
Hunger striking for justice.
by Stephen Lendman
Palestinians are denied justice. Thousands are lawlessly arrested. They're brutalized in Israel's gulag. Prisoners committed no crimes.
Israel persecutes them for not being Jews. Praying to the wrong God is criminalized. Hunger strikers defy Israeli lawlessness. Abstinence is their only weapon.
Widespread actions persisted for weeks last spring. Some lasted over two months. Miraculously no one died. Victories remain elusive. Negotiations produced Israeli promises to ease prison harshness. Most strikers resumed eating.
Pledges made were broken. Israel's word is worthless. Promises aren't worth the paper they're written on.
Imprisoned or free, Palestinians have no rights. Racism is policy. So is institutionalized persecution and violence. Arabs are despised. Israel calls them sub-human.
Many end up lawlessly imprisoned. Some languish there months or years uncharged. Rogue states ignore rule of law principles. Israel is one of the worst. Democracy exists in name only. State terror is official policy. Palestinians endure extreme harshness.
Hunger striker Samer Al-Eesawy refused food for over four and half months. He's been hunger striking for justice.
Israel does nothing gently. Rogue governments inflict pain aggressively.
On December 18, Samer was abusively brought to court on a wheelchair. He's too weak to walk. He was painfully cuffed and shackled. Prosecutors claimed he "violated a legal order."
He was bogusly charged with "tr(ing) to manipulate witnesses." Doing so from inside Israel's gulag is impossible. Prisoners are largely isolated.
Samer tried to greet family members in court. Nachshon Brigade forces attacked him brutally. They assaulted his loved ones. They dragged him out of court. They took him back to prison.
They raided his home. They arrested his sister, Shirin. They detained her short-term. She's now under house arrest.
Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) Legal Unit head Jawad Boulos called this type viciousness "an act of vengeance against the detainee and all striking detainees."