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As we approach the 64th anniversary of the Nakba -- the catastrophe in which more than more than 750,000 Palestinians lost their homes and lands, and thousands of others their lives during the ethnic cleansing that accompanied Israel's creation -- between 1,600 and 2,000 Palestinian prisoners have joined one of the largest hunger strikes in history.
Two strikers -- Thaer Halahleh and Bilal Diab -- have refused food for 73 days. Ten have refused food for more than 50 days and are now hospitalized. The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that Halahleh, Diab, and four others are in "imminent danger of dying." As the prisoners' health deteriorates, the State Department has been silent.