Family and supporters of Palestinian hunger striker Maher al-Akhras have joined him in a hunger strike as they have been prevented by Israeli security forces from visiting him in what may be his final days. His steadfast example is mobilizing more and more people to his support.
Whenever I conduct an interview with a Palestinian prisoner or their family, I am told, repeatedly, that “no one cares. But is this really the case?
Maher Al-Akhras, a Palestinian man of 49 who has been detained repeatedly by Israel, is today in Day 78 of a hunger strike that has brought him close to death. Arrested in July without charges and held at an Israeli hospital since September, the West Bank man has refused an offer to be released next month, demanding his release now in the name of all Palestinian detainees.