[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
daughters 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
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-Shalabis case.
Renewed attention to Israels widespread use of
detention without charge came as a result of the
66-day hunger strike of Khader Adnan. Amnesty
deal which ended Adnans 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.
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
Hanas entire family outside of the house and
demanded Hana give them her identity card. They
then proceeded to conduct a thorough search of
the familys home. During the search, one of the
soldiers forcibly removed framed pictures of
Hanas 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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