Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Palestine: Maher Younis, 31 years in Zionist prisons, begins hunger strike

Veteran prisoner Maher Younis goes on hunger strike

Today, I received a message from Palestinian political prisoners held in Gilboa jail in Israel, calling for action in support of the hunger strike undertaken by their fellow detainee Maher Younis.

Younis has spent 31 years in Israeli jails. With his hunger strike, he is sending a message to the Palestinian leadership that he was neglected for many years. He remains in prison because he has been excluded from all prisoner exchange deals since 1985, under the pretext that he was a Palestinian from inside Israel, Fuad al-Khafsh, director of the prisoner studies group Ahrar, has told the website Palestine Information Center. Al-Khafsh said that prisoners in Gilboa were conducting protests against an escalation in Israel’s repressive measures.

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