Terror Mastermind Hospitalized Due to Hunger Strike (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/30/12)
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A Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist who has been on hunger strike
for nearly two weeks was transferred on Sunday to the hospital wing
of an Israeli prison near Tel Aviv, AFP reported.
Ahmed Saadat, secretary general of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), began refusing food on April 17. The
hunger strike is part of a mass hunger strike by terrorist prisoners
and it is now being observed by least 1,350 such prisoners held in
Saadat was sentenced in 2008 to 30 years in prison for heading the
PFLP. The PFLP is the same terror group that assassinated Israeli
Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi in 2001. Saadat is suspected of
planning the murder.
“Ahmed Saadat was transferred to the hospital wing of Ramle prison
but we don´t have any details about his condition,” Khalida Jarrar, a
PFLP´s MP in the Palestinian Authority government, told AFP.
Jarrar, said that Saadat, who was being held in Rimon prison in the
southern Negev desert, had been refusing food for 13 days after
starting an open-ended hunger strike along with some 1,200 other
prisoners, a number which has since grown.
“Israel is responsible for his life because he is in an Israeli
prison,” she said.
A spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) confirmed that
Saadat, who is in his late 50s, had been transferred to Ramle prison
on Friday, saying it was a cautionary measure and describing his
health as “good.”
“He was transferred to the prison medical facility due to his
advanced age, in order to enable closer supervision,” Sivan Weizman
told AFP. “He is in good condition.”
The mass hunger strike has been seen as another PR ploy for media
attention by the Palestinian Authority for its unilateral demands for
a state within Israel’s borders.
Israel recently released Khader Adnan, a Palestinian Authority
terrorist prisoner who went on a 66-day hunger strike over his
Adnan, who had been hospitalized and released after his health
deteriorated during the strike, was freed when Israel caved in to the
pressure and agreed not to renew his administrative detention order.
Another terrorist prisoner, Hana Shalbi, had been previously released
following a 43-day hunger strike.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said that Saadat´s
case will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.
Meshaal told journalists in Cairo that he had agreed on the course of
action in talks with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and with Arab League
chief Nabil al-Arabi.
AFP quoted Meshaal as having said he was in “full coordination” with
Abbas on the issue of the hunger-striking prisoners.
Meanwhile, the PA’s minister of prisoners, Issa Qaraqaa, told AFP
that contacts were under way between the Palestinian Authority,
Israel, Arab countries and the European Union to try to resolve the
issue of the hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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