Earlier today, we posted an inspiring photo of a protester climbing on top of an Israeli military vehicle as she protested outside Ofer prison in solidarity with the ongoing prisoner hunger strike. The photo has gone viral under the hashtag #Flagwoman and the protester has been identified as Rana Hamadeh.
Above is video of the protest and the aftermath when Israeli military tried to arrest her. Activists protected her from the military and were pepper sprayed at point blank range.
Abir Kopty tweeted:
I was pepper sprayed once & went totally blind to Rana to help her out when every1 who was holding her got sprayed & I got sprayed again!— Abir Kopty(@AbirKopty) May 1, 2012
Linah Alsaafin added:
What's a little (ok a lot) of pepper spray compared to the thousands of Palestinian prisoners refusing food for 15 days now? #PalHunger— لينة (@LinahAlsaafin) May 1, 2012