[Ppnews] Palestine - Four hunger striking prisoners now in hospital

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Sun Apr 15 14:20:35 EDT 2012

Four hunger striking prisoners now in hospital

April 15, 2012 04:29
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Report post

     The Palestinian prisoner support group Addameer announced 
Saturday that it knows of eight Palestinian detainees currently on 
open-ended hunger strikes, four of whom have been hospitalized and 
are being force-fed fluids intravenously. The Israeli prison 
authority confirmed that 4 hunger strikers are in the hospital in Ramle prison.

The hunger strikers are protesting Israel's policy of holding 
Palestinians without charge, sometimes for years at a time, under a 
policy known as 'administrative detention'. These strikers are 
following the example of Khader Adnan, who held a hunger strike for 
67 days before striking a deal with Israeli authorities for his 
release, and Hana Shalabi, who was deported to the Gaza Strip on 
April 1st after a 43-day hunger strike.

According to Addameer, the known hunger strikers are Tair Halala of 
the Hebron area and Balal Diab of the village of Rai near Jenin, who 
have both been on hunger strike for 48 days; Hassan Safdi of Nablus, 
who has held his hunger strike for 41 days; Omer Abu Shlal, with 40 
days of hunger striking; Ahmed Sakar, who has been on hunger strike 
for 28 days. Two unnamed prisoners have also been on strike for 24 
days, and no information has been released about the 8th hunger striker.

Around 1600 Palestinian prisoners have pledged to join the hunger 
strike on Tuesday, which would mark the largest open-ended prisoner 
hunger strike in history.

International analysts have compared the Palestinian prison strike, 
which began in December with Khader Adnan, with the Irish political 
prisoners' hunger strikes of the late 1970s, in which Bobby Sands and 
others died of self-imposed starvation to protest the British 
occupation of northern Ireland.

The Palestinian hunger strikers have called for an end to the Israeli 
policy of 'administrative detention'. According to Addameer, 
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli 
military to hold detainees indefinitely on "secret information" 
without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. In the 
occupied Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli army is authorized to 
issue administrative detention orders against Palestinian civilians 
on the basis of Military Order 1651 (Art. 285). This order empowers 
military commanders to detain an individual for up to six-month 
renewable periods if they have "reasonable grounds to presume that 
the security of the area or public security require the detention." 
On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed.

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