Thursday, May 3, 2012

2,000 Palestinians On Hunger Strike And Zero News Coverage

So reads the headline on John Wight's Huffington Post blog, and indeed, although some hunger strikers are now in critical condition, in scanning the long Front Page of today's Huffington Post, I see no mention of the hunger strike, although you can read about one movie star's daring dress and another one's new puppy.

In searching Google news for "Palestine," the first story that comes up is about two of the hundreds of road blocks in the West Bank being removed, which is nice, but then you move into stories about politics in Israel, arguments against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and accounts about Americans' trips to "The Holy Land." Eventually you get to a story about the best bakeries in Jerusalem.

For more about the hunger strike look here.

As mentioned earlier, the mass hunger strikes, like the BDS movement, are part of what appears to be a new phase of the Palestinians' struggle, in which the Palestinian people leave their ineffective leadership behind and take matters into their own hands.

The best place to keep up on the hunger strikes and on the Palestinian struggle, and on the Middle East in general, is called Uruknet.info. That's where I saw John Wight's blog post. There's a link to Uruknet on the right hand side of this page, but better yet is to subscribe to it's RSS news feed or follow it on Facebook, Twitter or mobile, all of which you can easily do from the Uruknet home page. The email newsletter (from the link at the top of the page) comes out often and is also good.

A good Palestinian news site in English is the Ma'an News Agency



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