[Ppnews] Palestinian woman enters her fifteenth day of hunger strike in Israeli jail

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Fri Dec 17 10:49:11 EST 2010


December 16, 2010

A Palestinian woman being held in prison by the Israelis has entered 
the fifteenth day of a hunger strike. Linan Abu Ghalma, 28, from 
Nablus in the occupied West Bank was abducted from her home by the 
Israeli occupation forces in July at the same time as her sister. It 
is reported that her health is deteriorating badly.

The High Supreme National Committee for the Support of Detainees has 
said that it holds the occupation authorities fully responsible for 
Linan's life. Her detention, it claims, was part of a mass campaign 
against activists of the Popular Front in the city of Nablus.

In a written statement the Director of Media for the Committee, 
Riyadh Al-Ashkar, said: "After the Israelis subjected the two sisters 
to investigation, it placed them in administrative detention and 
separated them; Linan was put in Hasharon Prison whilst her sister 
Taghreed was sent to Damon Prison." Linan, claims Mr. Al-Ashkar, has 
demanded to be imprisoned with her sister but the authorities have 
refused, prompting the start of a hunger strike. When the prison 
administration promised to end her suffering, she suspended her 
strike; she restarted 15 days ago when she realised that the Israelis 
had broken their promise. She has said that she will stay on hunger 
strike until her demand is met.

Mr. Al-Ashkar pointed out that Linan's health "has deteriorated as a 
result of the hunger strike and there is a threat to her life because 
the prison administration has placed her in solitary confinement as a 

The Committee spokesman confirmed that Linan Abu Ghalma was arrested 
for the first time at the Hawara military checkpoint in 2004 when she 
was on her way to visit her brother Ahed Abu Ghalma, one of the 
Popular Front leaders sentenced to life imprisonment. Linan served 5 
years of a 6-year sentence before being released as part of a deal to 
free 20 female prisoners in return for a two-minute video of the 
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being held in Gaza.

The High Supreme National Committee for the Support of Detainees 
appealed to international organizations working in the field of 
women's rights and other human rights organizations "to intervene to 
bring an end to the suffering of Linan Abu Ghalma who is being held 
without charge under so-called administrative detention".

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