Here is the statement of Marwan Barghouti, who is called "Palestine’s Nelson Mandela":
Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.
Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have decided to take part in this hunger strike, which begins today, the day we observe here as Prisoners’ Day. Hunger striking is the most peaceful form of resistance available. It inflicts pain solely on those who participate and on their loved ones, in the hopes that their empty stomachs and their sacrifice will help the message resonate beyond the confines of their dark cells.
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Most of the world does not give a damn about what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians, so I expect few will care about Mr. Barghouti and his comrades.
Please explain to me why we should have any respect for the US or Israel, two countries which appear to be flagrant violators of human rights.