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Students want to stir public debate
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Students stage anti-pullout hunger strike
About 20 right-wing activists initiate unlimited hunger strike to protest upcoming settlement evacuation

JERUSALEM - About 20 religious and secular students are set to begin a hunger strike outside the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem Sunday to protest the upcoming Gaza Strip and northern West Bank pullout.

 

The students said they would drink water and juices, but eat no food or soup.

 

The students in question belong to a right-wing group in several universities across the country and are aiming to stir public debate on the upcoming settlement evacuation.

 

One of the protest’s organizers, Liron Zaidon, told Ynet the students are staging the hunger strike because they love Israel.

 

Knesset members welcome

 

“We don’t only want to die for it, but also to live for it, and that’s why we’re initiating the struggle,” he said.

 

Organizers estimate dozens of students will join the hunger strike in the coming days. The students are expected to eat a final meal at 2 p.m., followed by a meeting with a doctor who would explain to them the possible implications of their move, Zaidon said.

 

“We are talking about a just fight for Zionism, values, and democracy,” he said. “We are also inviting Knesset members from across the political spectrum to come to our tent.”

 

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