Yara M. Asi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida, a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and a US Fulbright Scholar to the West Bank.
Following a recent trip to the West Bank, Yara Asi warns about the desperate reality of young Palestinians who are faced with increasing Israeli violence and repression, high unemployment and very little hope. They feel their only option is to leave.
In the face of a brutal occupation and unjust imprisonment that strips them of their bodily autonomy, Palestinian prisoners use individual and collective hunger strikes to reclaim their agency from the Israeli regime, writes Yara M. Asi.
The recent attacks on Gaza which killed 49 people, exacerbated the already existing health crisis in the Strip. Yara M. Asi explains how Israel’s blockade, which has weakened the healthcare system, has been killing Palestinians for over 15 years.