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Waleed Dukka

Resilient writer and activist enduring decades of imprisonment.

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Date of Birth:



Baqa al-Gharbiya, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Walid Daqqa's long imprisonment and activism make him a significant figure in the Palestinian narrative, symbolizing resilience and resistance.

Brief bio

Walid Daqqa is a Palestinian writer and activist who has been in Israeli occupation prison since 1986. Despite his long-term imprisonment, he has continued to contribute to Palestinian literature and thought.

Major Milestones


  • Imprisonment in 1986: Daqqa was arrested and sentenced to 37 years in prison for his involvement in the killing of an Israeli soldier.

  • Marriage in 1999: He got married while in prison.

  • Fathering a Child in 2020: Daqqa managed to father a child, Milad, by smuggling his sperm out of prison.

  • Diagnosis of Bone Marrow Cancer in 2022: He was diagnosed with advanced bone marrow cancer.

  • Extended Sentence: His sentence was extended by two years in 2017.

  • Literary Contributions: Daqqa has written several books, articles, and poems while in prison...See More

  • Education: Obtained his master's degree in political science while imprisoned...See More

  • Advocacy for Prisoners' Rights: Became a prominent figure in the Palestinian prisoners' movement.

  • Symbol of Defiance: His marriage and fatherhood while in prison symbolize resistance against Israeli jail authorities.

  • Inspiring Cultural Works: His life and experiences inspired the play “A Parallel Time,” reflecting his and fellow prisoners' experiences.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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