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ENCOUNTER DISPATCH: A Former Prisoner’s Point of View: Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strikes

May 18, 2017
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United States

On Monday, April 17, 1,200 Palestinians in Israeli pris­ons launched the first mass collec­tive hunger strike in years.

On May 18th at 9:00am (Pacific) / 12:00pm (Eastern) / 7:00pm (Israel), Sulaiman Khatib, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Combatants for Peace,a lead­ing non-violent activist and former pris­oner, will share his thoughts on the current strike, the demands being made and the place of non-violence in Palestinian soci­ety. To reserve your spot click here.


About Sulaiman Khatib

Sulaiman comes from a Palestinian nation­al­is­tic family from the village of Hizma, near Jerusalem. At the age of 12, he joined the national Palestinian free­dom strug­gle by riot­ing at school and throw­ing stones at the Israeli army. In 1986, just before the start of the first Intifada, when he was 14 years old, Sulaiman was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Of those 15 years, he served 10.5 years. In jail, Sulaiman received most of his educa­tion in what became known as the “revo­lu­tion­ary univer­sity.” The strug­gle in the Israeli prison of the polit­i­cal pris­on­ers, through hunger-strikes and other non-violent means, has been a school for the non-violent strug­gle. After his release from jail in 1997, Sulaiman became an office manager in Fatah’s Jerusalem District Office. At the start of the Second Intifada, Sulaiman was among those who called for nonvi­o­lent resis­tance. He is the co-founder of Combatants for Peace, a move­ment lead by former Israeli and Palestinian combat­ants in the conflict, soldiers and fight­ers, who have commit­ted them­selves to the non-violent path for bring­ing peace to the conflict. Sulaiman and Chen Alon, co-founders of Combatants for Peace, are nomi­nated for The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.

Email sally@​encounterprograms.​org for more infor­ma­tion. Participants may join by computer or phone.

Encounter neither contests nor endorses the views presented by speak­ers in this series.

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