Israel: 1,187 Palestinian security prisoners begin hunger strike

Marwan Barghouti, who is leading the security prisoners’ hunger strike, explains the movement in a New York Times Op-Ed. He claims that hunger strikes are the “most peaceful form of resistance” and that he has been a victim of Israel’s “ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners.”
Barghouti leading the hunger strike Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

In a New York Times Op-Ed, Marwan Barghouti explains why he is leading the hunger strike which 1,187 Palestinian security prisoners began this morning (Monday). “Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners,” Barghouti writes. “After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.”

“Hunger striking is the most peaceful form of resistance available,” Barghouti claims. “It inflicts pain solely on those who participate and on their loved ones, in the hopes that their empty stomachs and their sacrifice will help the message resonate beyond the confines of their dark cells.”

“Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhuman system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong,” Barghouti continues. “In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.”

According to Barghouti, Israel has violated international law in a variety of ways, but does not bear the consequences.

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