(Palestinian hunger striker in danger: Israeli group (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/10/12)
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A Palestinian man detained by Israel and on hunger strike for 41 days
is in danger after beginning to refuse liquids, a rights group said
on Tuesday, demanding he be transferred to a civilian
Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said
of Bilal Diab, who has refused food since March 1, was "very
worrisome," particularly after he began refusing liquids on
Following a court petition, a physician for the
permitted on Monday to visit Diab, a 27-year-old from an area near
Jenin, in the northern West Bank.
The group was also able to
visit Thaer Halahla, a 34-year-old from
Hebron, who has also been on hunger strike since March 1 but is still
accepting fluids. Both men are hospitalised in a prison facility near
Tel Aviv, the group said.
A PHR doctor said Halahla´s condition
was "in accordance with a long
hunger strike, yet stable," but warned of a deterioration in his
health if he continued the protest.
The group said Diab had told
the PHR doctor he would reconsider
refusing fluids if he were moved to a civilian hospital.
group urged Israel to make such a transfer immediately, and to
enable independent physicians to regularly examine detainees on
hunger strikes without the presence of a prison doctor, and with
family members in attendance.
Israel Prison Service spokeswoman
Sivan Weizman told AFP "detainees
on hunger strikes are receiving care and are under the necessary
According to the Palestinian Prisoners´
Club, which tracks detainees
in Israeli jails, Diab and Halahla are both being held under
administrative detention orders.
These orders allow a court to
order an individual to be detained
without charge for periods of up to six months at a time, which can
then be extended.
PHR said Halahla has been in detention since
June 2010, and Diab
since August 2011. The men are allegedly associated with Islamic
Jihad, but they have not been prosecuted.
According to PHR and
the Palestinian Prisoners´ Club, Halahla and
Diab began their hunger strikes after their detention orders were
renewed, as part of the wave of protest among administrative
detainees sparked by Palestinian prisoners Khader Adnan and Hanaa
Adnan, who launched a high-profile 66-day hunger
strike, agreed to
end it in February after striking a deal with Israel to be released
at the end of his current detention period.
Shalabi was deported
to Gaza earlier this month, after a hunger
strike of 43 days.
There were approximately 300 Palestinians
being held in Israeli
prisons under administrative detention as of February, according to
the Israel Prison Service.
Weizman told AFP that besides Halahla
and Diab there are another five
Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The
Palestinian Prisoners Club puts the figure at eight. (Copyright ©
2012 Agence France Presse. 04/10/12)
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