Published: 2017-11-21 17:16
Last Updated: 2017-11-21 17:16
Many South African ministers have announced to start a 24-hour hunger strike between May 14 to 15, Ma’an reported.
The hunger strikes comes of solidarity with 1,300 Palestinian prisoners who are currently in their 26th day of hunger strike.
South Africa’s Minister of Health, Minister of Communications, Minister of Industry and Economic Development and Minister of Science, will be participating the hunger strike with journalists and leaders of national social organizations, according to Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative.
Six deputy ministers, high officials and leaders of the South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, will also partake.
A statement by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in South Africa confirmed that the hunger strike aims to support the demands of Palestinian prisoners and pressure Israel to respond to the demands, according to Maan.
This is not the first time that South African officials announce a hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinians prisoners.
Earlier this year, dozens of South African officials, activists and public figures hve stood in solidarity with some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, by hosting a 24-hour hunger strike of their own.
‘To many of us our solidarity in this campaign is very personal because of our own experience under Apartheid,’ said Nomaindia Mfeketo, one of the South African ministers partaking in the hunger strike when the previous hunger strike was announced.