#PalHunger | Canadian activist Sarah McLaughlin on hunger strike in support of Palestinian captives

[ PIC 25/12/2012 – 08:22 PM ]

CANADA, (PIC)– Twenty one year old Sarah. McLaughlin from Canada went on a hunger strike for more than a week in support of Palestinian captives on hunger strike in Israeli occupation jails and to protest Israeli occupation treatment of those captives.

Sara has gone on an open hunger strike for 180 hours (7.5 days) in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

She told PIC’s reporter that the strength of Sharawna and Issawi has influenced her to declare her hunger strike.

My reasons for supporting Palestinian detainees on the Hungry Stomachs campaign were primarily to generate awareness of their peaceful protest here in the west, she said.

Our media chooses to cover the violent retaliations, but not the non-violent actions of the Palestinian people. This cannot be tolerated, unless the contrary is preferred and condoned, she added.

Regarding her family’s reaction, she told PIC that her family were shocked and upset for her hunger strike. “I explained how long Issawi and Sharawna had been fasting, and the injustices taking place in the prisons. My family was not comfortable with me sacrificing my health, but they understood and let me continue, because they felt my passion for this cause.”

Regrettably, no local media has reached out to hear my story yet. I have written an article for “Activists around the world for Palestine” and it is being shared. I have generated a lot of awareness worldwide online, and I will share this article that I wrote with local media, she stated.

Regarding the western media role she explained that “social media has done so much, where international media fails. We value translations so much here in the west, because much of the valuable information is of no use to us in the west, if we cannot translate it.”

A journal published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

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The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.


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