As prisoners’ hunger strike grows, solidarity expands in Gaza

As the number of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons reaches 2,500, the local center for their support has moved from the traditional protest tent outside Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to a much larger tent in Unknown Soldier’s Square (al-Jundi).

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Al-Jundi’s greater size offers more room for a range of activities in solidarity with the prisoners’ movement, including the creation and display of banners, murals, and other public art.

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Both al-Jundi and the ICRC are full of activity this week, with multiple events, including sit-ins, rallies, marches, and vigils, in support of the hunger strike occurring every day.

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Participants include every sector of Palestinian society, with detainees’ families, former prisoners, political figures, and university students among those most strongly represented.

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Following a May Day general strike, march, and rally that that drew thousands to al-Jundi Tuesday evening, representatives of every political party announced that dozens in Gaza would join the prisoners’ hunger strike on Wednesday, May 2, inside an even larger tent facing the Palestinian Legislative Council.

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About Joe Catron

Joe Catron is a US activist in Gaza, Palestine, where he works with Palestinian groups and international solidarity networks, particularly in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and prisoners' movements. He co-edited The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange, blogs at joecatron.wordpress.com and tweets at @jncatron.
Posted in Activism, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation

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  1. fantastic photos joe. that little girl..

  2. What I expect is we may be hearing of the launching of The Third Intifada soon, when the prisoners start to die.

    If I supported this, I wonder, would I be in violation of US laws?

    We speak of Fascism in Israel, but we do not want to talk about it here in America.

  3. Pamela Olson says:

    Amazing work, Joe. Thanks for the incredible photos.