´Hunger striker Shalabi not on verge of death´ (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN 03/22/12)
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The Prisons Service on Wednesday denied reports that a female
prisoner on hunger strike since mid-February is on the verge of
death, saying that she has received treatment and is in stable
Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said that she was told by
staff at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba that Hana Shalabi, 30, is
in no danger of dying. She also said that Shalabi has been on a
hunger strike for only 31 days, rather than the 35 claimed by
Shalabi has been variously described as a supporter and a member of
Weizman added that there are around 23 prisoners on hunger strike.
Most of them have been on strike for around two weeks and are doing
so in solidarity with Shalabi, the spokeswoman said.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the groups Prisoner Support and
Human Rights Association – Addameer, Physicians for Human Rights-
Israel and Al-Haq expressed “grave concern for the health of Hana
Shalabi, who is at immediate risk of death on her 34th day of hunger
They also said that they do not trust the quality of medical care
provided by the Prisons Service.
Shalabi was arrested at her home in Burkin near Jenin on February 16,
and taken to Hasharon Prison. She started her hunger strike the same
day, according to PHR-Israel, because of what she said was violent,
degrading treatment she suffered during her arrest.
On February 23, the army issued a six-month detention order for
Shalabi, an order that can be renewed. The military court later ruled
that she would sit on administrative detention for four months
instead of six.
Before she was released in October as part of the deal with Hamas for
abducted IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Shalabi had spent two years in
Shalabi said on February 27 that she would no longer accept medical
treatment from the Prisons Service and insisted on seeing a doctor
from PHR-Israel, a demand that was denied.
PHR-Israel eventually received permission to treat her, and its
representatives visited Shalabi on March 8, 9 and 12.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Association for Civil
Rights in Israel called on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to stop
the “shameful practice” of administrative detention, saying
it “violates first and foremost the right to liberty and dignity.
“The vast majority of evidence on which the detentions are based is
secret and hidden from the suspects and their attorneys. Suspects are
therefore denied their rights to defend themselves and confront their
accusers,” the statement added.
In February, Israel reached a deal with Islamic Jihad member Khader
Adnan, who went on a 66-day hunger strike to protest his
administrative detention, agreeing to release him at the end of
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