West Bank NGO: Eight Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jack Khoury 04/15/12)
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Eight administrative prisoners are currently on a hunger strike, four
of them hospitalized at the medical wing of Ramle prison, an East
Jerusalem-based NGO said Saturday, following attorneys´ visits to the
prisons. The Prison Service says only seven prisoners are on hunger
The Palestinian prison aid group Addameer reported over the weekend
that eight administrative prisoners were on hunger strike in various
Israeli prisons. The strikers include Tair Halala of the Hebron area
and Balal Diab of the village of Rai near Jenin, who have been hunger-
striking for 48 days in demand to be freed; Hassan Safdi of Nablus,
who has been on a hunger strike for 41 days; Omer Abu Shlal, who has
been striking for 40 days; Ahmed Sakar, the most veteran
administrative prisoner, who began his hunger strike 28 days ago and
two prisoners from Jenin and Nablus, who have been on hunger strike
for 24 days.
The Prison Service said it knows of seven prisoners on hunger strike,
four of whom are hospitalized in the Ramle prison medical wing,
receiving fluids intravenously.
As far as the length of the strikes, the Prison Service said the
longest one has been going on for 27 days.
The hunger strikes have gained momentum among administrative
prisoners following the campaigns conducted by two high-profile
prisoners in recent months. In December, Islamic Jihad operative
Khader Adnan went on a hunger strike to protest Israel´s
administrative detention policy - a provision allowing the state to
hold detainees for an unlimited time without trial or formal charges.
Adnan ended the hunger strike in February, after 67 days, having
struck a deal with the state to release him at the end of a four-
month prison term. He is due to be freed in a few days.
Hana Shalabi, another Islamic Jihad operative, stopped eating after
Israeli troops seized her in the West Bank on February 16. She ended
her strike after 30 days, and under an agreement with the state was
freed and deported to Gaza, where she must stay for three years.
Adnan and Shalabi´s campaigns gained international support, and human
rights groups in Israel and the world asked Israel to release the two
and stop the administrative detention procedure altogether.
The Palestinian Authority has also stepped up activity 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 at a conference of the UN´s Human Rights
Council in Geneva, also urged the international community to pressure
Israel to put an end to the administrative detention policy. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/15/12)
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