Israeli peace crusader Abie Nathan on Wednesday (28 June) announced the end of his 45-day hunger strike over Jewish settlements in occupied Arab land.
Israeli peace crusader Abie Nathan on Wednesday (28 June) announced the end of his 45-day hunger strike over Jewish settlements in occupied Arab land. His decision came after an appeal by the government and the entire Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (27 June) supporters of Mr. Nathan took part in a peace march to the office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, and to the parliament building in Jerusalem.
Mr. Nathan, who had become extremely weak because of his self-imposed ordeal, was brought by ambulance to join the marchers. He then spoke of his determination to continue his fight to death.
The demonstration resulted in the Knesset Presidium voting to debate the question of Mr. Nathan's hunger strike. Six urgent motions by all major political parties at a Knesset session, attended by Mr. Nathan, urged him to end his fast. Health Minister Eliezer Shostak called on him to stop using his hunger strike as a political weapon.
Mr. Nathan later said while he regretted the government did not meet his request to halt the Jewish settlement programme, he had no choice but to respond to the call.