The room occupied by Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad al-Kik at the HaEmek Hospital in Afula has become a pilgrimage site for human rights activists. This is the first time that activists and journalists alike have had a chance to visit a hunger striker in his room to shake his hand and offer encouragement. Just outside, dozens of police officers guard the room, while security cameras cover every corner of the hospital’s internal medicine ward.
Al-Kik, a 33-year-old resident of Dura in the Hebron District, works as a journalist for the Saudi Almajd news network. Upon his arrest by the Israeli authorities on Nov. 21, 2015, he decided to use a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention. That hunger strike has been going on for more than 80 days now.