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Gaza restaurants serve salt and water in solidarity with imprisoned hunger strikers

May 3, 2017 2:08 P.M. (Updated: May 3, 2017 2:08 P.M.)
Employees of a restaurant in Gaza hold signs of solidarity outside their restaurant, where they served patrons salt water (MaanImages)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hotels and restaurants in the Gaza Strip suspended serving meals and drinks on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and instead served their customers a mixture of salt and water, in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, who had been consuming the same mixture in Israeli prisons for 16 days as of Tuesday. 

Head of the Palestinian Committee for Restaurants, Hotels, and Tourist Services Salah Abu Hassireh told Ma’an that the staff of fifty hotels and restaurants welcomed their customers wearing shirts reading “Salt and Water” and “Dignity is the Dessert,” referencing the slogan of the "Freedom and Dignity" hunger strike.

Some 1,500 political prisoners launched the open-ended hunger strike on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, April 17, under the aegis of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, demanding of basic rights, such as an end to the policies of administrative detention, solitary confinement, and deliberate medical negligence.

Samer Issawi, one of the hunger-striking prisoners and a representative for hunger strikers affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), announced on Tuesday that DFLP-affiliated prisoners would begin refusing water on May 7 if the Israel Prison Service (IPS) continues to ignore the demands of the strike.
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