The co-founder and former vocalist of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters has displayed his support to Palestinians in Israel, who have been subjected to oppression, and apartheid for a long while, by sharing the tragic story of a Palestinian hunger striker.
The sensitive musician Roger Waters has been taking Twitter to stand up for the oppressed people in Israel, who have been struggling with the governmental injustice and media ban, for some time now.
Most recently, he has remarked on the sad story of a Palestinian administrative detainee, who is facing mortal danger as he entered his 73rd day of a hunger strike in an Israeli hospital on Wednesday.
Rogers said in his tweet, in which he gave the source of the news, that he posted this picture and story which the striker’s mother sent him today with respect to all his brothers and sisters in arms in Israel and Palestine.
It was stated by the source that Maher al-Akhras, 49, is currently hospitalized in Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot where he has refused all medical treatment and is only accepting water.
Two weeks ago, the Israeli High Court of Justice froze al-Akhras’ detention pending an improvement in his condition, yet refused to cancel it or allow him to leave the hospital. The hunger striker was arrested on July 28, allegedly on charges of belonging to Islamic Jihad.
On August 7, 2020, he was put in administrative detention for four months. He has been on hunger strike since the day of his arrest. Israel uses administrative detention to indefinitely detain Palestinians, occasionally Jews, without charge or trial.
Administrative detention orders are reviewed every six months, but the detainees are not told what crimes they are being accused of, nor shown the evidence against them.
Here’s what Roger Waters said in his recent tweet:
“With respect to Haggai Matar, refusenik, and his mum, and all my brothers and sisters in arms in Israel and Palestine. I post this picture and story which his mum sent me today. Love R.”
You can see the tweet below and check out the source here.
A note from Roger:
With respect to @Ha_Matar, refusenik, and his mum, and all my brothers and sisters in arms in Israel and Palestine. I post this picture and story which his mum sent me today.
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) October 10, 2020