Stories of Palestinian and Irish hunger strikers – Middle East Monitor


A Shared Struggle: Stories of Palestinian and Irish Hunger Strikers details the personal experiences of 24 Palestinian and 7 Irish hunger strikes in their struggle to win their human rights.

Watch the launch of this remarkable book, highlighting the plight of the Palestinian and Irish hunger strikers and the intersectionality of the Palestinian-Irish struggle against settler colonialism.

Stories in A shared struggle provide an answer to why a detainee may choose starvation (sometimes to death) rather than accept humiliating conditions of detention.

Contributors to this book hope it will serve as an additional bridge that connects Palestine to Ireland and educate more people around the world about the plight of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails today.

Get your copy of the book: UK and International | Ireland

The panel:

Richard falk
Former UNHCR Special Rapporteur for Palestine

Richard Anderson Falk is Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and former UNHRC Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Hilal Jaradat
Former political prisoner for 27 years

Hilal Jaradat is a former Palestinian prisoner from Jenin in the West Bank who spent 27 years in Israeli jails. He was released in Gaza in 2011 as part of the Schalit agreement. In prison, he tried to escape through a tunnel which was discovered. He also learned to speak 16 languages.

Danny Morrison
Spokesperson for the IRA hunger strikers

Danny Morrison, journalist, author, spokesperson for the IRA hunger strikers and secretary of the Bobby Sands Trust. Morrison co-edited the book with Dr Asaad Abusharkh, an Irish Palestinian academician.

Youssef Aljamal
Translator of A Shared Struggle

Yousef Aljamal is a PhD student at the Middle East Institute at Sakarya University, Turkey. He has published / translated articles / books on Palestine and the Middle East and most recently translated A Shared Struggle: Stories of Palestinian, Irish and Palestinian Against Hunger. His work focuses on Palestinian political prisoners, the diaspora, security, and terrorism studies.

Norma Hachim
Editor-in-chief of A Shared Struggle

Norma Hashim has been involved in advocacy and relief work for Palestine since 2009 and is Treasurer of Viva Palestina Malaysia. She founded the Hashim Sani Library in Gaza and edited two books with Yousef Aljamal on Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons – Prisoners’ diaries and Dreaming of freedom: Palestinian child prisoners speak out.

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