Israel court rejects Palestinian prisoners appeals (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/23/12)
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An Israeli military court on Monday rejected appeals by two
Palestinian prisoners who have been refusing food for 55 days, their
lawyer and a Palestinian prisoner rights NGO said.
"We just confirmed with Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla´s families that
both their appeals were rejected today," a spokeswoman for prisoner
rights group Addameer told AFP.
Diab, 27, and Halahla, 34, began refusing food on February 29 in
protest at being held without charge under a procedure known as
administrative detention, which means they can be held for renewable
periods of up to six months.
They are being held in the hospital wing of Ramle prison near Tel
Aviv, with their condition described as "rapidly deteriorating."
Their lawyer, Jamil al-Khatib, confirmed the military judge had
rejected their appeals after holding a closed meeting with members of
Israel´s Shin Bet internal security service and the military advocate
"He looked at the confidential files and decided that their hunger
strike was their choice and does not affect the danger which they
pose," he told AFP. "He said they are responsible for their own state
Khatib said they had not been allowed any family visits and their
health was in danger.
"They have entered a dangerous phase as each of them has lost 25
kilos (55 pounds), they have low blood sugar and high blood pressure
and their hair is falling out," he said, indicating Halahla was also
bleeding from the mouth.
"I will make an appeal to the (Israeli) High Court tomorrow," he said.
According to Physicians for Human Rights, Halahla has been in
detention since June 2012, and Diab since August 2011. Both are
allegedly associated with Islamic Jihad, but they have not been
Including Diab and Halahla, 11 prisoners have been on hunger strike
for an extended period, most of them protesting against being held in
Refusing food has become an increasingly popular form of protest
since the landmark strike undertaken by an Islamic Jihad prisoner
called Khader Adnan, who went 66 days without food in a move which
turned him into a national hero.
Over the last week, another 1,350 prisoners have begun an open-ended
hunger strike to protest against the conditions in which they are
There are 4,699 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, of whom 319
are in administrative detention, according to Prisoners´ Club
figures. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/23/12)
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