Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike movement, NGO says (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jack Khoury 04/12/12)
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An East Jerusalem-based NGO said on Wednesday that Palestinian
administritive prisoners are still going on hunger strike, following
the much-punlicized strike of aIsraelmic Jihad activist which ended
earlier this year.
This latest wave of hunger strikes, recorded by the prisor aid group
Addmeer, followed two high profile strikers, both of whom ended their
protesr earlier this year.
In December, Islamic Jihad operative Khader Adnan went on a hunger
strike in December to protest Israel´s administrative detention
policy - a provision that allows the country to hold detainees for an
unlimited period of time without trial or formal charges.
He ended the strike in Feburay after a deal was reached in which the
state would not request to extend his detention past April 17.
Following Adnan, Hana Shalabi, another member of Islamic Jihad,
stopped taking food after Israeli troops seized her in the West Bank
on Feb. 16. She ended her strike after 30 days, following an
agreement according to which Shalabi would be deported to Gaza, where
she will have to stay for three years.
In wake of both of these highly visible cases, Addmeer attorneys
indicataed that there were eight Palestinian prisoners in Israeli
administrative detention currently on hunger strike.
According to Addmeer´s list, those pirosners include Ta´ir Halale
from the Hebron area and Bilal Diyab from the West Bank village of
Kafr Ra´i, who have both been on hunger strike for 44 days and demand
the cancellation of their administrative detention and their
More names on the list are Hassan Safdi, who has been striking for
the last 37 days; Omar Abu Shlal , who has been on hunger strike for
36 days; Ahmed Saker, known as the Palestinian under the longest
administrative detetnion, and who has been on hunger strike for 24
days; two prisoners from Jenin who have been striking for 20 days;
and Ahmed Ataj, who has been on hunger strike for 24 days.
Officials at the Israel Prison Service (IPS) confirmed that,
according to their infomarion, seven Palestinian prisoners are
currently on hunger strike, four of which are hospitalized at the
medical wing of Ramle prison.
As far as the length of the strikes, the IPS claims 27 days as the
It should be noted that the Palesitni Authority has intensified its
activities in support of Palestinian prisoners, with the PA´s
Minister of Prisoners´ Affairs, Issa Karake calling to form an
international panel to probe the issue.
Karake, who spoke during a session of the UN´s Human Rights Council
in Geneva, also urged the international community to press Israel
into cancelling the admnistrative detension policy altogether. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/12/12)
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