I received a very welcome phone call tonight from Brendon O’Connell who is currently one year into serving a 3-year prison sentence. In effect, he is in jail for his anti-Zionist activism.
As reported here a week ago, Brendon is on a hunger strike until his case is reheard. He alleges that the Australian government–due to pressure from powerful Jewish interests–denied him the right to a free trial and has broken every rule of judicial procedure possible in doing so.
As of this evening, he is into his 15th day of not eating. It is clearly taking a toll on him as his speech and mental activity are slower than usual, which, anyone who has spoken to Brendon can attest, is saying a lot, as he normally has the mental energy of a micro-nuke. He has lost over 25 lbs in the process.
He said he is holding up well and intends to take this to the end if necessary. He is in solitary confinement, which he prefers for the silence it offers. He says he has his pictures of Jesus and Mary and spends much of his time in prayer and just realized the other day that it is Lent, and that this is the best Lent he has ever passed.
We are calling upon any and all major news agencies to dispatch their correspondants in Australia to the prison in Casuarina and bring some attention to this situation.
Other updates on his situation can be found at http://brendonoconnellincarcerated2.blogspot.com/