NPR’s David Greene did a long piece on Bahrain opposition today. “Political Change Slow To Come To Bahrain activists.” He focused on Abdulhadi Al Khawajah, a prominent human rights activist, on Day 87 of a hunger strike.
Greene knows the Arab Spring. He covered it. Does he include the surging inspiring nonviolent movement in Palestine part of the Arab Spring? If not, why not? These people are trying to end a tyrannical occupation.
And speaking of media non-blackouts, here is Jodi Rudoren, distingushing herself in the New York Times, reporting from the Hebron Hills on the hunger strikers as the new face of “Palestinian resistance.” Great to see that word in a Times headline! Notice that Rudoren is not piping this story from Jerusalem, she goes out to the village and interviews Shireen Halahleh, wife of Thaer Halahleh, who is at death’s door. But notice the honor she gives this movement:
The newest heroes of the Palestinian cause are not burly young men hurling stones or wielding automatic weapons. They are gaunt adults, wrists in chains, starving themselves inside Israeli prisons…
Hunger striking by Palestinian prisoners is not a new tactic. According to the Palestine Solidarity Project, the tactic was first used in the Nablus prison in 1968 and has been repeated at least 15 times since, with three men dying over the years….
But social media have spread the siren this time, first on Khader Adnan, a member of Islamic Jihad who was released last month from administrative detention after a 66-day fast that left him in grave condition.