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Jihad: Any hunger-striker death will start next intifada
Published Sunday 06/05/2012 (updated) 09/05/2012 09:51
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A Palestinian man, who is on hunger strike to demonstrate his solidarity with
Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, is examined by a doctor in a protest
tent in Gaza City May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Islamic Jihad leader Mohammad Al-Hindi warned Sunday that the death of any hunger-striking prisoner will start the third intifada, referencing the popular uprisings against Israeli occupation.

The Jihad official said the "battle of the empty stomachs" -- in which more than 2,000 jailed Palestinians are refusing food -- had overcome factional divisions.

"This battle will be the gateway for Palestinian unity," he told supporters of the hunger-strikers at a solidarity tent in central Gaza City.

Al-Hindi urged cross-factional demonstrations to support the prisoners even if they lead to clashes with Israeli forces.

He also called on the Arab League to shut Israeli embassies and expel envoys in response to the popular protest rocking Israel's jails.

Meanwhile, the Arab League held an urgent meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the situation, with the Kuwaiti chair of the summit posing a resolution at the UN General Assembly to support the prisoners.

Delegates also urged the World Health Organization to investigate the conditions inside Israeli jails for Palestinians, official PA news agency Wafa reported.

On April 17, Palestinian prisoners day, over 1,000 prisoners joined a group of hunger-strikers protesting detention without charge. Around 2,000 are now taking part in the strike, prisoners rights groups estimate.

Administrative detainees Bilal Diab, 27, from Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, 33, from Hebron -- are in a precarious condition after 68 days without food, a doctor from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said this week.

The organization petitioned an Israeli court to allow an independent doctor to access to Diab, but the urgent appeal was rejected and postponed until a regular hearing on Monday, PHR said.

The group also slammed the Israeli High Court for not setting a date to hear an appeal against Diab and Halahla's detention orders.

"By ignoring the gravity of their current situation, the High Court judges are not only acting with severe negligence, but also with malicious intent," PHR said in a joint statement with prisoners rights group Addameer.
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1 ) Islamic Jihad / Remember & Learn
06/05/2012 22:41
REMEMBER that "Dr. Mohammad Al-Hindi, will NOT pay the price. REMEMBER that we will get only death, just like 2nd Intifada, where 5,000 of us died, or 5 times the Gaza War, but this time the Israelis will be even more safe behind their wall. REMEMBER that NO lands were recaptured. REMEMBER that our economy was destroyed, and our infrastructure was setback 20 years into the past. LEARN TO SAY "NO" TO HATE, & "YES" TO REASON !!!!!

2 ) Ido / occupied Palestine
06/05/2012 22:57
Why do we need another death for a third intifada to start?

3 ) Robby / USA
06/05/2012 23:28
Blame for the people not eating lies squarely on the shoulders of those who refuse to eat. If anyone is acting with severe negligence it is these Palestinian leaders standing the sidelines waiting for someone to die rather then encouraging them to eat.

4 ) @ Ido #2 / \ Tibi/Tubas
07/05/2012 01:14
We must learn from our history, or repeat the same failures again and again, like the NAKBA & NAKSA, or like the Intifada 1 & Intifada 2 !!! - Can you really believe that precious Palestinian blood has so little value, as to spill it for NO gains at all ??

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
07/05/2012 01:42
It should be interesting to monitor the level of desperation implied in the Israel-lovers posts. We've already got at least one blocks-capper -- and I imagine more will be coming along.

6 ) @ Ido #2 / that Foolish
07/05/2012 01:44
Prisoners should either: - STOP STARVING THEMSELVES, OR - STOP BLAMING ISRAEL, for their poor conditions, but if you want another Intifada, that will achieve even less than before, then you go first, and bring your children & grandchildren too. The world already forget about our losses, from the Intifadas, and they will soon forget the blood of our children again, and still we will be right where we are now. Can you really be that Foolish ???

7 ) some one / some where
07/05/2012 04:46
#1 i honor you thinking i do really but you must undrestand DR. AL HINDI or any of your leader do not care how many of you die or become disable or many other thing he and the rest fight for 60 years and lost more land and keep saying we will do this and that while the jewish people lovingly build the state maybe people like you can do more that those leader keep writing and keep teaching your idea is constructive with all due respect

8 ) John / Pal- USA
07/05/2012 07:19
Only through active resistance will anything be achieved; the PA has shown itself to be a corrupt and complicit body for Israeli machinations. The settlers are able to make their choice to live on stolen land, an act of war, because they face no physical consequence for doing so. That needs to change. Ido is right- why is ANOTHER death needed? Intifada NOW!

9 ) Dear #2 / USA
07/05/2012 14:21
Just FYI - THe first intifada was deemed a success as it non-violent. The third intifada if it were to ever happen should also be non-violent.

10 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
07/05/2012 14:33
So John - what are you doing living on stolen land in America? Doesn't that make you a hypocrite? Or are you working with the Native Americans to send all those Europeans and Asians and Africans and Palestinians back to where they come from? Where do you live in America? Whose tribal land are you living on? Why have you chosen to live on stolen land, and how is your action not an act of war?

11 ) @ John #8 / USA too
07/05/2012 15:16
If you want the blood to flow so badly, and so freely,
then you should go back to "Palestine", and march with them,
in the very front, and bring your children to the slaughter too !!!

12 ) @ John #8 / Lost
07/05/2012 16:52
Through Active Resistance we achieved the NAKBA, & NASKA,
and active resistance will ONLY achieve MORE OF THE SAME,
Lost Freedoms, Lost Lands, and Lost Loved Ones !!!

13 ) southparkbear / usa
07/05/2012 17:57
i agree with ido. hunger strike is unrelated to intifada. and it's about time that the region have some fun with another intifada. After all we can let the syrians and egyptians to have all the fun. yallah let's start intifada

14 ) Tibi / Tubas
07/05/2012 23:20
When Zionists like #13 say "yallah let's start intifada", Palestinians should know it's a BAD IDEA, and since we've already tried unilateral UN declarations that failed, and since we refuse to negotiate, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO DO, BUT REMAIN OCCUPIED - FOREVER.
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