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    Palestinian prisoners seeking comeback with hunger strike

    The obstacles faced by the Palestinian prisoners' movement in recent years cast doubt on their ability to maintain a mass hunger strike that would force Israeli concessions.

    Until now, other prisoners haven't viewed him as a leader despite his popularity in the Palestinian street, and some prisoners suspect him of seeking to exploit the strike to further his own political ambitions.

    In 1972, security prisoners staged a hunger strike to demand that they be recognized as prisoners of war and cease having to work in prison industries.

    In 1992, during the secret talks that resulted in the Oslo Accords, security prisoners staged an 18-day hunger strike to demand their release as part of any deal.

    Attorney Abeer Baker, who has represented Palestinian security prisoners for years, defined that strike as "a major turning point in the lives of the Palestinian prisoners." Morale plummeted, and so did motivation to stage further protests.

    This, combined with the failure of the 2004 strike, caused some prisoners to give up on collective action and resort to individual hunger strikes instead. Most individual strikers weren't convicted prisoners, but people being held without trial, and they struck primarily to demand their own release.

    In 2012, about 2,000 prisoners joined a hunger strike started by one such detainee.

    Source: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.784178?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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