Samer Issawi, Hunger Strikes, and the Palestinian Struggle

No recent Palestinian prisoner has received more attention among the Palestinian than Samer Issawi, released on December 23 after reaching an extraordinary bargain with prison officials last April. He agreed then to stop his hunger strike, which had lasted an incredible 266 days, either partially or completely, in exchange for an Israeli pledge to release him in eight months at the end of 2013.

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