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The spirit of Palestinian resistance

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Palestinian political prisoner Maher Al-Akhras has been on hunger strike for 83 days now.

A father of six children, Al-Akhras was arrested by Israel in July and has been held for months without charge or trial.

This is a practice Israel calls “administrative detention”, that relies on a law that is a relic of the British colonial occupation of Palestine.

Not only are Palestinians interned in this manner not shown any of the supposed “evidence” against them, but these nightmarish orders can be renewed without limit.

And this is the state that still sometimes claims to be “the only democracy in the Middle East”. What a cruel joke.

Maher Akhras is one of over 350 Palestinians being held by the Israeli Occupation Authorities in administrative detention. On hunger strike for over 70 days, his health is rapidly deteriorating. Our appeals to release him were dismissed. I have asked the int’l community to act. pic.twitter.com/lhhEHum1Qw

— Yousef Jabareen (@DrJabareen) October 8, 2020

Severely ill and at risk of imminent death, Al-Akhras has insisted on his immediate release. “My only conditions are freedom or death,” he said in a recent video from his hospital bed.

Al-Akhras was driven to such desperate measures by the cruelty of Israel’s occupation forces, who have repeatedly arrested and re-arrested him. He has spent a total of five........

© Middle East Monitor

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