And go on a hunger strike? Would this count as martyrdom? What about the famous “Do not kill yourselves” Koranic verse 4:29? “Islamist suspects stage hunger strike in Lebanon jail,” from AFP, August 5:
BEIRUT – Several hundred suspected members of an Islamist group involved in a deadly 15-week standoff with the Lebanese army last year have launched a prison hunger strike, a security official said on Tuesday. “Detainees in Rumieh prison went on hunger strike on Monday to protest at the delay in their trials,” the official said on condition of anonymity. About 300 people have been detained by Lebanese authorities for their alleged links with Fatah al-Islam, an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that fought against the Lebanese army last year in a Palestinian refugee camp near the northern port city of Tripoli.
The trials are expected to begin in coming months.
The army took control of the impoverished Nahr al-Bared camp in September after the fierce fighting with the Islamist militants that left over 400 people dead, including 168 Lebanese soldiers. Those being held on terrorism-related charges include nationals from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon and Palestinians. Many face a maximum sentence of death if convicted.