Nonviolent resistance wins rights for Palestinian prisoners

Two thousand Palestinian prisoners who joined together in a mass hunger strike have won major concessions from their Israeli jailers, including a pledge to end solitary confinement for all prisoners and allow around 400 prisoners from Gaza to receive family visits. In addition, prisoners on "administrative detention orders" -- Israel's term for imprisonment without charge or trial -- will not have their terms renewed without fresh information or evidence being brought before a military judge. Veteran Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi said, "The hunger strikers' courage is magnificently inspiring, and their selflessness deeply humbling. They have truly demonstrated that non-violent resistance is an essential tool in our struggle for freedom." Read more...