[Ppnews] Palestinian woman on 11th day of hunger strike to protest no-charge detention by Israel

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Sun Feb 26 12:36:48 EST 2012

Palestinian woman on 11th day of hunger strike, 
as parents join her to protest no-charge detention by Israel

Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 13:40

As Palestinian “administrative detainee” Hana 
Al-Shalabi, 29, entered her eleventh day on 
hunger strike, her parents continued their own 
hunger strike in solidarity, against their 
daughter’s imprisonment without charge or trial by Israel.

Hana was arrested from her home in Burqin village 
near Jenin on 17 February in the Israeli-occupied 
West Bank. She had previously spent two and a 
half years in administrative detention – with no 
charge or trial – from 14 September 2009, until 
she was released last October as part of a 
prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, 
according to updates posted by 
via its 
<https://twitter.com/#%21/addameer_ps>Twitter and 

Parents on hunger strike

parents have been on hunger strike for three 
days, in a solidarity tent near next to their 
home in Burqin, and have called for international 
intervention to free their daughter and end the 
policy of administrative detention.

Call for Action

Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity 
issued an action alert calling for people to take 
action to bring attention to Hana Al-Shalabi’s case.

Renewed attention to Israel’s widespread use of 
detention without charge came as a result of the 
66-day hunger strike of Khader Adnan. Amnesty 
International called 
deal which ended Adnan’s hunger strike 
and reiterated its demand that Israel end the use 
of detention without charge or trial.

Currently more than 300 Palestinians are in 
Israeli administrative detention, including 21 
elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Previous detention

According to an 
profile which refers to her earlier period of detention:

Shalabi was arrested from her family home on 14 
September 2009. At approximately 1:30 a.m. that 
morning, Israeli soldiers in 12 military jeeps 
surrounded her house in Burqin village, near the 
West Bank town of Jenin. The soldiers ordered 
Hana’s entire family outside of the house and 
demanded Hana give them her identity card. They 
then proceeded to conduct a thorough search of 
the family’s home. During the search, one of the 
soldiers forcibly removed framed pictures of 
Hana’s brother Samer, who was killed by the 
Israeli army in 2005, tore them apart and walked 
over the pieces in front of the entire family.

Shalabi was subjected to solitary confinement, 
abuse and sexual harassment during her 
interrogation and then ordered to be detained 
without charge or trial for six months.

That order was later renewed, however she was 
subsequently released as part of the prisoner 
deal in which Israel agreed to release 1,027 
Palestinians in exchange for the return of an 
Israeli soldier who had been held in Gaza since 2006.

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