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Global Campaign calls for one-day hunger strike in support of Palestinian inmates

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinians carrying banners of Kayed Fasfous and Miqdad Qawasmeh call for the release of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on October 24, 2021. (File photo by AFP)

The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine has called for a one-day international hunger strike in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners who have been refusing food to protest Israel’s illegal administrative detention policy that allows their incarceration for long periods of time without charge or trial.

The campaign, which is an umbrella organization for NGOs supporting the Palestinian cause both in the Arab world and across the globe, issued the call on Monday.

It also asked social media users to tweet an Arabic hashtag, which roughly means “empty bowel battle,” and upload Hungry for Freedom photos.

The campaign further urged people to record shorter than one-minute messages in solidarity with the hunger-striking Palestinian inmates.

At least seven Palestinians have remained on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails to denounce their indefinite detention based on “secret information” with no trial or indictment.

The prisoners include Kayed Fasfous, Miqdad Qawasmeh, Alaa Aaraj, Hesham Abu Hawwash, Shadi Abu-Akr, Ayyad Hureimi, and Rateb Harebat.

Fasfous and Qawamesh are in currently critical health conditions and at risk of losing their lives.

“The [Israeli] occupation continues its intransigence and refusal to respond to their demand of ending their administrative detention, in an attempt to bring the striking prisoners to a difficult and dangerous health stage,” the Palestinian Prisoners Society said.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli detention centers. Hundreds of them have apparently been incarcerated under administrative detention.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at their arbitrary detention and harsh conditions in Israeli prisons.

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