Demonstration in Hebron in Support of Palestinian Hunger Strikers

2 May 2012

On Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, around 200 people held a demonstration in support of the Palestinian hunger strikers.

The demonstrators gathered in and around a tent in central Hebron. Many mothers and fathers brought pictures of their sons, and signs on the walls read “stop the war crimes, free the prisoners” and “hunger strikers are heroes”.

Speeches were made in support of the prisoners and their heroic actions, calling for their release, and for Israel to abolish the inhumane practice of administrative detention.

Since the 17th of April, around 2000 prisoners have joined the Karamah hunger strikes, in protest at their inhumane and illegal detention by the Israeli state, and against conditions such as solitary confinement and restrictions on visits from family.

The two longest-hunger-striking prisoners, Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla, are now over 65 days into their strike. Their conditions have now seriously deteriorated, with both being admitted to hospital.