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Palestine's Political Prisoners:

Speaking out about Israel's cruel [*] and inhumane treatment of the Palestinian People . . .

'May 5: Mobilize in support of Palestinian political prisoners!'

April 30, 2012 ― "The Palestinian political prisoners have become a symbol of steadfastness and unbreakable determination to stand up for freedom and justice. Counting on nothing more than their own imprisoned bodies and their free spirits, their hunger strikes have already been able to raise awareness and mobilize people across Palestine and the world ..."

'Joint Call for Action' ~ ADDAMEER | Palestinian Prisoner Support Association

May 03, 2012 ― "Palestinian political prisoners are subject to collective punishment as mass hunger strike continues ..."

Two related commentaries . . .

'The Massive Palestinian Hunger Strike: Travelling below the Western Radar' ~ Richard Falk | Foreign Policy Journal

May 03, 2012 ― "Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,300 hunger strikers in any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? It would be featured day after day, and reported on from all angles, including the severe medical risks associated with such a lengthy refusal to take food."

'For Israel, punishing Palestinians is not enough' ~ Amira Hass | Haaretz, Israel

May 02, 2012 ― "An ongoing hunger strike by nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates stands as a reminder of their humanity, but Israelis are more interested in revenge ..."

It's taken them a while ― and now the main stream media has a look . . .

'Palestinians Go Hungry to Make Their Voices Heard' ~ Jodi Rudoren | New York Times

May 03, 2012 ― "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 ..."

Photo gallery ― images captured three days ago of protesters at Ofer in support of the hunger strikers being violently suppressed by Israeli soldiers . . .

... [*] ... but one example of Israel's cruelty:

'Israel’s systematic abuse of Palestinian women' ~ Sami Kishawai | SMPalestine

April 27, 2012 ― "Samah Isbeh's story is not unique and reflects a deep-seated negligence not just towards the Palestinian people but to women as well. During her time in an Israeli prison, she was humiliated, mistreated, exposed to situations that endangered her life and her unborn child’s life. She was tied like a farm animal. Her first childbirth—to most, a memorable moment and cause for celebration—was at the mercy of hostile prison officials. She had no control over her body or over the treatment of her newborn. Ultimately, she was robbed of her motherhood and stripped of her rights ..."
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UPDATE . . .

'Amnesty International issues urgent alert for Palestine hunger strikers who are near death' ~ Electronic Intifada

May 05, 2012 ― "Amnesty International today issued a call for urgent action from individuals around the world to contact Israeli authorities about Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, two Palestinian men who are at immediate risk of death on their 67th day of hunger strike. Both are being held without charge or trial by Israel ..."
H/T ~ +José Pedro