Israeli students on the university campus of Haifa are protesting the occupation of Palestinian land, which they say is illegal under international law, and the way their academic freedom is being threatened.
They say their protests are an attempt to challenge the occupation.
But they also say they’re part of a long tradition of Palestinian students protesting.
For many Palestinian students, the hunger strike is a way to highlight the suffering of the occupation, and to highlight how many Palestinians suffer from the occupation’s violations.
The hunger strike has become an issue at Israeli universities.
In October, Israeli students protesting at the entrance of their campus were reportedly attacked by police.
In the first instance, Israeli police tried to break up a hunger striker’s protest by firing tear gas canisters at him, and in December, a student was detained by police after a student said he had been pepper sprayed by police during a protest.
But the hunger strikers say they feel threatened by Israel’s ongoing occupation.
“We feel threatened every day, that Israel is doing everything it can to force us to do this,” Palestinian student Omar al-Rifai told Al Jazeera.
“This is the same occupation that killed our father, that killed my mother, that is still trying to kill us.”
Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reports from Haifa, Israel.