"Palestinian hunger striker Hanaa ash-Shalabi was transferred to a hospital earlier today after Physicians for Human Rights determined her life was in danger, urging her to remain under observation in the hospital because of her 'feeble pulse'. She didn't stay long, however, as Israeli officials rejected the call for 'observation' and sent Shalabi immediately back to prison following her examination. Shalabi has been on a hunger strike for 33 [now 40] days. Shalabi became the second high profile hunger striker of the year for Israel, after a multi-month strike by Khader Adnan. Shalabi, like Adnan, is being held without charges under a military 'detention' order*. Shalabi had been held for over 2 years under a similar 'detention' order without charges as part of the prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit. She was arrested again in February, however, and started the strike in protest at her complete lack of legal recourse for open-ended summary detentions." (Palestinian hunger striker hospitalized, in failing health, Jason Ditz, antiwar.com, 19/3/12)
In August 1995, however, you - who normally avoid ostentatious acts - went on a hunger strike in front of the prime minister's office in Jerusalem.
That's right. I wanted to bring public attention to the disastrous proportions that the [Oslo] agreement was taking on. Of course, one can express oneself in the Knesset, but words are not enough anymore, a powerful gesture was needed. Unfortunately, the hunger strike had less impact on opinion than I had hoped. With better organization and the involvement of the international press, the hunger strike probably would have attracted more attention.
How long did you fast?
(Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait, Uri Dan, 2006, p 136)
[* "The procedure of military detention, in all its phases, is conducted under a veil of utter secrecy and in violation of the right of the detainee to defense. It enables a person to be held in detention without evidence and without trial, on the basis of classified intelligence alleging that he constitutes a security risk. The nature of the allegations is known only to the actors involved: the General Security Service (GSS) who supplies the 'security material', the military commander who signs the detention order, the military prosecutor who is the advisor and representative of the military commander and the military judge who is expected to apply his 'judicial review' to the order. This hermetically closed circle, which does not leave even a shred of transparency, does not allow the detainee to defend himself, absolves the prosecutor from the burden of proof and prevents the judge from writing a reasoned decision. This is how administrative detention orders are issued. The maximum period of each single order cannot exceed 6 months, but the overall detention period can be extended indefinitely." (The Mysteries of Administrative Detention, Tamar Pelleg-Sryck, in Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel, ed. by Abeer Baker & Anat Matar, 2011, p 124)]