Israel deports Islamic Jihad hunger striker to Gaza (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG 04/01/12)
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Israel deported a Palestinian prisoner from Israel to the Hamas-ruled
Gaza Strip on Sunday after she agreed to end her 43-day hunger strike
Hana Shalabi, who was arrested at her home in the West Bank on
February 16, was expelled through the Erez crossing between Israel
and Gaza and cannot leave Gaza for three years, Prisons Service
spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said in a phone interview.
Shalabi´s hometown is Burkin, near Jenin in the West Bank.
Shalabi carried out the hunger strike to protest her being held by
Israel without charges under a legal mechanism called administrative
Israel had held Shalabi in administrative detention citing the need
to protect intelligence sources from exposure in court proceedings.
But her original six-month detention was trimmed to four months by
military judges on March 4.
She was previously arrested in 2009 and held without charges until
being freed last October in a prisoner exchange that freed Gilad
Israel struck a deal last month with Khader Adnan, another Islamic
Jihad member, persuading him to end his 66-day fast after assuring
him that he would be released in April from his detention without
In a letter Shalabi distributed before her release, she explained
that she did not accept the IDF West Bank Prosecutor´s offer out of
weakness, rather she wanted to continue on the path of Khader Adnan."
Shalabi´s father, Yehia, said that since the exchange his daughter
had not been active in Islamic Jihad.
Palestinian officials in both the West Bank and Gaza voiced
objections to Shalabi´s deportation.
Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib, who waited to greet Shalabi at the
Erez crossing, said his faction had not been consulted about the deal.
Hussein al-Sheikh, an official in President Mahmoud Abbas´s
Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, said last week "we were not
part of the deal and we reject deportations." (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/01/12)
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