Dr. Malaka Shwaikh is a Palestinian academic based in Scotland. Her research is at the intersection of prison resistance, focusing on hunger strikes, prison abolition and decoloniality.
For decades, Palestinian prisoners have used hunger strikes as a means of reclaiming power and control, turning the body into a weapon.
For Israel, the basic human rights of colonised Palestinians, such as the right to privacy, are irrelevant.
For Palestinian prisoners, prison break is a resistance method that seizes the power of life and death — and the power of release — from the Israeli state.
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