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May 5, 2012 1:00 am

The New Palestinian Hero: The Hunger Striker

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Demonstrator holds up paper showing hunger striker Kahder Adnan's face. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – 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.

Each day since April 17, scores of Palestinian prisoners have joined a hunger strike that officials say now counts more than 1,500 participants. And on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority’s minister of detainees said that if Israel did not yield to their demands for improved prison conditions, the remaining 3,200 would soon join in.

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