By Jim Barr
What sense do we make of over 2,000 Palestinians engaged in an open ended hunger strike, saying “we either live in dignity or we die”?
And dying is what they seem willing to do this month. Two of the hunger strikers reached 77 days without food (Bobby Sands died after 66).
As people were close to death, Egypt negotiated a deal and the strikers have said they will take food, in exchange for a commitment by Israel to limit administrative detention, permit family visits for people from Gaza, and the release of 17 people from solitary confinement.
The hunger strike – which was barely acknowledged by the Western media or politicians, including in Australia – illustrates the desperation that drives the Palestinian people in order to have their voices heard.
Israeli born UK based psychologist and writer, Avigail Abarbanel, has edited this unique collection of inspiring personal accounts from Jewish people from Australia, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom and United States who have all questioned the loyalty to Israel expected of them and the consequences they have suffered from their families and communities for doing so. Since rescinding her Israeli citizenship in 2001, Avigail has worked for Palestinian rights.
Queensland based group Just Peace is sponsoring Avigail’s tour of Australia and she will be presenting at events around the country as well the book launch in Melbourne at Readings Carlton on 12th June.
A workshop on the book, originally scheduled for the program of the Jewish festival of ideas, Limmud Oz, to be held in Melbourne over Queen’s Birthday weekend, has now been excluded by the conference organisers.
Details of Beyond Tribal Loyalties can be found at
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We will update further details as they are confirmed. Please contact Just Peace for more information and events.