Icons of resistance: The plight of Palestinian prisoners

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The issue of Palestinian prisoners has been in the spotlight ever since the escape of six detainees in early September from the maximum-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel. At the time, news of the prison break was celebrated with massive euphoria across the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. On social media, people posted pictures of spoons, in reference to the tools the prisoners reportedly used to dig a tunnel out of the high-security facility. They soon became a feature at protests alongside traditional flags and banners as a symbol of Palestinian resistance against Israe…

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