ISRAEL: Spreading Hunger Strike

Nafha prison becomes a political rallying point

A hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israel expanded last week into an Arab cause célèbre. More than 300 Arab convicts joined the protest in five jails. A demonstration by prisoners' relatives and sympathizers in East Jerusalem degenerated into a near riot. An Arab civic organization in the city called a half-day sit-in strike in the Al Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem's sacred Muslim shrine. The reason for the agitation: the recent deaths of two Palestinian inmates who were force-fed by Israeli authorities at Nafha prison. Last week TIME Jerusalem Bureau Chief David Aikman was among...

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