Palestinian resistance icon defiant as ever

In interview, wife of Raed Salah says her hunger-striking husband remains in high spirits in Israel’s Ramon Prison

Palestinian resistance icon defiant as ever

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sheikh Raed Salah, jailed Palestinian resistance icon and leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has gone on hunger strike in hopes of drawing attention to the plight of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, according to his wife, Um Omar. 

Um Omar said her hunger-striking husband remained as defiant as ever. 

"He’s in high spirits and smiling as always," she said. 

On Sunday, Salah -- who is being held in southern Israel’s Ramon Prison -- declared an open-ended hunger strike to protest his prison conditions and draw attention to the plight of Palestinian political detainees. 

In May, Salah began serving out a nine-month jail sentence for "incitement". Since then, the Israeli authorities have kept him in solitary confinement. 

"The Israeli prison authorities have taken away his memoirs, in which he writes about his struggle in defense of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque," his wife told Anadolu Agency. 

She went on to note that, since May, Salah’s prison cell had been repeatedly searched by Israeli prison guards. 

"But none of this has dampened his spirits," Um Salah said. 


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