He Survived a 141-day Hunger Strike in Israeli Custody. He Vows to Do It Again if Arrested

After conducting the longest hunger strike of any Palestinian administrative detainee ever, Hisham Abu Hawash was held by Israel for more than another month until his release from prison last weekend

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This is what Israeli evil looks like: Even after a deathly ill Hisham Abu Hawash ended his hunger strike, which had gone on for 141 days in protest of his administrative detention, Israel insisted on returning him to his cell until the termination of the period of his arrest without trial. Last weekend, he was finally released. But despite the happiness at home, he is still far from the person he once was. His physicians in Shamir Medical Center, near Rishon Letzion, where he spent the final days of his hunger strike, told him that it would take a year and a half for his body to recover. For now, his speech is faint, his walk hesitant and the food he eats is measured. His weight has already shot up to 60 kilograms (132 pounds), whereas at the height of the hunger strike, the longest of any Palestinian detainee in Israel’s history, he was down to 38 kilos (84 pounds). Abu Hawash was on the brink of death. But he did not flinch for a moment. He says he was determined to be released from administrative detention – or to die.

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