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.
GV Demonstrators carrying placards in front of government building.
SV Abie Nathan is helped from ambulance.
SV Nathan in wheel-chair surrounded by supporters.
CU Nathan speaking
GV Demonstrators marching to Prime Minister's office chanting "Shalom" and carrying peace banners. (3 SHOTS)
SV Marchers pushing Nathan in wheelchair and GV marchers up hill with Knesset in background. (2 SHOTS)
NATHAN: "The, all the people asking me to stop fasting forget and have refused to pay attention for what reason I am fasting. They have forgotten the cause of my fast. And if they ask themselves what my cause is then maybe they will find the way to prevent me from fasting to the end. I will not stop fasting until the government of Israel makes the declaration that she will stop all new settlements as long as the negotiations continue. Because unless that happens, it threatens the continuation of negotiations and the chances for peace and will only bring us closer to war. And for me I rather risk my life for a cause of peace than have to fight once again killing others and getting killed."
Mr. Nathan owns a peace ship which has been playing pop songs interspersed with peace slogans in Hebrew, Arabic and English since 1973. It continued broadcasting until Sunday (25 June) when he ordered it into port, saying: "It didn't seem right to have it out at sea playing pop music all day while I am ashore starving".
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Background: 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.