by Daniel Mabsout
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
It might not be appropriate to approach in a critical manner the campaign that accompanied the hunger strike that the Palestinian prisoners undertook lately, but there is need to ask few questions. First, there was a large campaign on the internet and on fb precisely, and everyone was told to change one’s profile picture to this strange picture that figured what is supposed to be a Palestinian prisoner, but which looks more like an anonymous silhouette that is closer to Guy Fawkes than to anything Palestinian.
The question arises of who took the decision to have this anonymous picture circulate on fb as an act of support to the prisoners, because these pictures promoted by fb are not appropriate. First they do not represent Palestine or the Palestinian prisoners but rather colorless nationless prisoners and -not only this- but such pictures consecrate their condition as prisoners of the Zionist State instead of stressing the fact that they are Palestinian Freedom fighters.
These profile pictures are as suspicious as the mask of the Guy Fawkes of the Vandetta movie and which is being used to promote revolutions with anonymous origins, as if revolutions could be anonymous and of anonymous causes and could be led by anonymous people.This without mentioning that the hunger strike event has been sponsored by 320 NGOs and is seeking peaceful means to solve the detainee problem, but – after many weeks of hunger – has achieved meager results that could be summed up to ending the solitary confinement and granting the right to visit to Palestinians from Gaza while administrative arrest will – unfortunately — continue to be practiced.
The most shocking thing is that the brave prisoners who are around 1200 were ready to face death and couldn’t achieve more than these two meager results which should be granted by the mere fact that they are prisoners, not to mention that they are not only political prisoners but hostages held captive of the Israeli state who usurped their land, killed their relatives and incarcerated them. It is a sad deal over which so many NGOs and other people: Palestinians, Arabs and non Arabs rejoiced, it was turned into an NGO international event.
In the days of victories, the Lebanese Resistance succeeded in liberating hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners by exchanging the remains of Israeli soldiers. Not long time ago, captured IDF soldier Gilad Shaalit was exchanged against more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, but it seems that the world establishment and NGOs and even HAMAS want these days to be over and the prisoners to remain prisoners and Israel to remain Israel and the Israeli soldiers to enjoy security and safety.