South Africa’s Vice President Among Officials Engaging In Palestinian Solidarity Hunger Strike

Many South Africans are participating in campaigns to support Palestinian hunger strikers by initiating the #DignityStrikeSA hashtag on social media.

Political leader Cyril Ramaphosa, arrives at Parliament for the first sitting of the National Assembly after elections held in South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. South Africa held its first sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, after recent elections, to swear in new members of parliament and to formally elect President Jacob Zuma as head of state. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

One of South Africa’s two vice presidents is going on a 24-hour hunger strike today in solidarity with the 1,600 Palestinian prisoners protesting their conditions in Israeli jails.

Cyril Ramaphosa – explained the director of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Nishan Balton – is the politician in South Africa most supportive of the prisoners’ demands. “Ramaphosa’s solidarity is, therefore, very important,” explained Balton.

“A number of government officials are expected to take part in the strike with Ramaphosa,” he added.

Many South Africans are participating in campaigns to support Palestinian hunger strikers by initiating the #DignityStrikeSA hashtag on social media.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began their mass hunger strike on 17 April, led by Marwan Barghouti. They are demanding an end to inhumane conditions and administrative detention, under which Palestinians are held with neither charge nor trial for renewable indefinite periods.

Many others are also on a solidarity hunger strike in South Africa, including:

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