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Palestinian Hunger Strikers Approach 40 Days


newsrelease 2On Thursday, Newsweek published a piece “My Husband Is Starving In An Israeli Jail — We’ll Be Reunited When Palestine Is Free” by Fadwa Barghouti, which states: “Thirty-eight days ago, my husband, Marwan Barghouti, began a hunger strike from his cell in an Israeli prison — alongside over one thousand other Palestinian prisoners. The reason they are all putting their lives at risk is simple: they want to be treated humanely and with dignity. Considering that some of these prisoners are at risk of imminent death, we all wonder why the world has not intervened. …

“Since 1967, Israel has arrested an estimated 800,000 Palestinians, the equivalent of 40 percent of our male population in the occupied territory. In the eyes of the Israeli government, military and judiciary, the Palestinians are all guilty. They blame us for their continued military and colonial occupation. They want us to be guilty so they can play innocent.”

The Times of Israel reports Thursday: “Abbas asks Trump envoy to mediate over Palestinian hunger strike.”

Bargouti, son of imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, is currently in San Francisco. See CNN report on his activism: “Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge.'” Marwan Barghouti wrote in the New York TimesWhy We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons” on April 16 as the hunger strike was beginning.

Contact: Noura Khouri, right2return at; Monadel Herzallah, monadelh at

Mandel and Chandler are with Jewish Voice for Peace, which recently released the statement “Three Ways to Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers.”

Mandel and Chandler were also recently delegates to the annual convention of the California Democratic Party, which just passed a resolution decrying U.S. administrations for not taking “actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process.” See from the Happy Arab News Service: “California Democratic Party decries U.S. support for Israeli occupation.”

Also, see the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network for more information, including details on ongoing protests around the world about Palestinian prisoners.