Today, i fasted for a length of 24 hours in Solidarity with Samer Issawi and all other Palestinian Prisoners held under administrative detention in Israel.
The Campaign is worldwide and started 8pm local time and ends 8pm the next day.
No Food. Only Water.
Samer Issawi was arrested again on July 2012, has been held with no trial and has been on hunger strike for over 200 days.
He says, “Freedom or martyrdom.” And this strong phrase says it all.
For a man to have the strength and faith to do this is beyond my imagination.
In Islam, every year in Ramadan we fast. So i’ve dealt with fasting before. BUT, it is from sunrise to sunset- no food, no water. But in the end of the day you’re getting your daily dose of vitamins, proteins, and basically just everything you’re craving.
And when i was 12, i also did a 24 hour famine for Africa and we collected donations.
Only difference now is, Im 17 years old and my body has grown and so the whole experience of eating nothing for 24 hours is a surprise to me.
You begin to feel dizzy, and tend to forget some things and feel confused. And thats only for 24 hours.
I began to get migraines today morning but i refused to take medicine because i knew this is what the prisoners go through everyday.
And i started to think, that I’ve only been doing this from yesterday.
How on earth must Samer and the others feel? Everyday?
Heroes. That is the one word to describe them. Heroes.
May Allah bless them and give us their strength and faith.
When this whole campaign rose and i decided to join it, some people asked me, “well, why are you doing it?” “Whats the point?” “Who will it benefit?”
All i can say is….one action can change everything.
I dont care if the world doesnt know specifically, “Shaymaa fasted for 24 hours, etc etc etc.” I really dont. All i care about is that news of what we are doing ends up reaching Samer and the detainees. That they know we are supporting and encouraging them no matter what!
Because when you hurt a brother of mine, you are hurting me! And i will stand by Samer and the Palestinians until my dying day!
If you want to know how standing in solidarity with them helps, read this article:
I mean think about it, how come we mention Samer Issawi’s name but not the others?
Thats right, because he decided to go on hunger strike and thats what caught our attention.
So by the world standing with him and doing the same, we are putting pressure on the Israeli government to release him and all prisoners held without charges!
Over 1000 people from over 45 countries are Standing with you, Samer!
You are a hero. A Champion. A Legend. May Allah bless you!
Only 35 minutes until our hunger strike ends. I am Hungry….but we are always hungry for Justice.
If you want to check out the campaign on facebook, click here:
Hungry For Justice
And if you’re a twitter user and want to show your support, hashtag #HungryForJustice, #FreeSamer and follow @samerissawi1
Last thing i want to mention is a huge thanks to everyone participating from all over the world! I am so proud of everyone of you even if all of you are strangers to me!
Together we will all make a change.
We should strive for justice and freedom Always,
Bless you all,
A hungry citizen
Oh And thats me with a sign saying ‘I stand in solidarity with Samer Issawi & All Palestinian Prisoners held under administrative detention in Israeli Prisons. #Hungry For Justice. “Your silence is killing them! Get hungry & save a live!” ‘ I did not write that quote, i got it from this guy.
Im sorry the picture is really unprofessional. But i had barely any equipment to do this, i barely found a piece of A4 paper and no one to take a photo of me so i had to take a meh one lol And if you’re wondering why i am smiling when its such a serious issue and im fasting and should be ‘tiered’ its because 24 hours is nothing compared to 200 days and so i do with a huge smile because i have no right to complain and feel sorry for myself 😀 (Y)