RAMLA, HISTORIC PALESTINE — Palestinian prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmeh has entered his 86th day on hunger strike. He is overcome with weakness and can’t move from his hospital bed, not even to shower or use the bathroom. He suffers from joint, kidney, head, bone, muscular and abdominal pain. He has trouble speaking and has lost more than 75 pounds.
“There’s no judicial system to try them fairly. There’s no party inside prison that can share their demands. So the sole item that [the Palestinian prisoners] can use to protest and fight for their rights is their bodies.” — Addameer spokeswoman Milena Ansari