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Struggling on Empty Stomachs for Justice


Hunger strikes continue.

by Stephen Lendman

Rare Palestinian battles are won.  Liberating struggles continue. 

Hunger strikers Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi were released. After 92 days without food, Israel agreed to free footballer Mahmoud Sarsak. 

He'll leave prison on July 10. He's been held nearly three years uncharged and untried.

Doing so constitutes gulag justice.

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In the presence of prison officials and his lawyer, he ceremonially broke his fast by eating a piece of chocolate. 

He faces a protracted struggle back to full health. His ordeal left him close to death. What's ahead remains uncertain.

On June 20, a joint Addameer/Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) press release headlined:

"Battle of the Empty Stomachs wages on: Akram Rikhawi's health continues to deteriorate as Mahmoud Sarsak's hunger strike successfully concludes," saying:

Akram Rikhawi continues hunger striking for justice. June 22 was day 72. He faces "imminent threat to his life...."

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On June 19, Addameer lawyer Mona Neddaf saw him. He's at Ramle Prison's clinic. Independent doctors can't treat him. PHR-I physicians last visited him on June 6.

He's extremely tired, weak, and at risk. At 108 pounds, he's considerably below his normal weight. Since June 16, he refused vitamins and IV drips. He's only ingesting water.

Neddaf "observe(d) that even drinking water is now very difficult for him, and he is only able to consume approximately one liter per day."

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