Fawzia Has Eight Sons. From Time to Time, the Israeli Army Snatches One Without Explanation

Kayed Fasfous has been on a hunger strike for over three months. He is hospitalized in critical condition, interrupting his detention without trial, but he refuses to give in until he’s released

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Fawzia Fasfous at the family’s home in Dura. Her living room is something of a shrine to her imprisoned sons.
Fawzia Fasfous at the family’s home in Dura. Her living room is something of a shrine to her imprisoned sons.Credit: Moti Milrod
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy

There is no other family like this. On the 103rd day of her son’s hunger strike, Fawzia Fasfous sat in her living room, which serves as a little shrine to her imprisoned sons, trying to hold back her tears.

The previous day she had visited her son Kayed in the hospital; he can now hardly speak. The security people at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon refused to let her and Hala, Kayed’s 31-year-old wife, stay the night in the room of the gravely ill man; they kicked the two women out that evening.

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