[Ppnews] Hanaa al-Shalabi re-arrested - on hunger strike

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Mon Feb 27 12:02:27 EST 2012

Palestinian prisoner in isolation on hunger strike: lawyer


A Palestinian woman freed in a prisoner swap with Israel but later 
re-arrested has gone on hunger strike, a Palestinian lawyer said on Sunday.

Hanaa al-Shalabi has been on hunger strike since the day of her 
arrest on February 16, when she was ordered detained without trial 
for six months, said lawyer Fawaz al-Shuli who visited her in prison.

"She is determined to carry on her hunger strike even though the 
Israeli prison authorities decided to isolate her," he told AFP.

Shalabi "is demanding the end of administrative detention 
(imprisonment without charge) and that the soldiers who beat her up 
and undressed her to carry out a body search be put on trial," he said.

Shalabi was among more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners released in 
October in a trade for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held by 
Gaza-based militants for more than five years.

Her refusal to be fed comes as Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan on 
Tuesday ended a 66-day hunger strike in protest at his imprisonment 
without charge, under a deal that will see him released in April.

Shalabi, from the West Bank village of Burqin village near Jenin, 
spent 30 months in detention before her release last year.

The Israeli army said she was "a global jihad-affiliated operative" 
and was re-arrested on suspicion that she "posed a threat to the area."

The Palestinian Prisoners Club says she is one of five inmates freed 
in the October swap who have since been re-arrested.

Adnan's protest, the longest hunger strike carried out by any 
Palestinian prisoner, attracted international attention and threw a 
spotlight on Israel's use of administrative detention, a military 
procedure which allows suspects to be held without charge indefinitely.

For Immediate Release
Februrary 25, 2012

Urgent Action for Hana Yahya Al-Shalabi

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition calls on all people 
of conscience to take immediate action to help save the life of 
Palestinian female political prisoner Hana Yahya Al-Shalabi who has 
been illegally detained by Israeli authorities under the guise of 
"administrative detention" without any charge or trial whatsoever.

Hana was an "administrative detainee" with NO charge for over 2 years 
before she was released in October last year as a part of the Shalit 
prisoner swap. She has been refusing food since her recapture and is 
on day 9 of her hunger strike against her renewed "administrative 
detention" again with NO charge.

This has been a common practice by the Israeli court system for 
Palestinians who courageously challenge Israel's brutal and illegal 
occupation of Palestine. Most recently was the case of Khader Adnan 
who was also detained on a similar premise of "administrative 
detention" without charges or trial. Due to his ill-treatment in jail 
he held an unprecedented hunger strike of 67 days before the Israeli 
occupation authorities were finally pressured by worldwide support 
for Khader Adnan. He is now due to be released on April 17, 2012.

Please join the voices and support around the world to save Hana 
Al-Shalabi's life and demand her immediate release from prison! Take 
action now!

Please write to President Obama and voice your concern and demand 
that the US administration intervene for the immediate release of 
Hana Al-Shalabi from administrative detention. You can use the online 
form at: 

Call US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: (202) 647-4000 or Office 
of Near East Affairs: (202) 647-7209. Demand that the Secretary 
intervene for the immediate release of Hana Al-Shalabi from 
administrative detention.

Organize Rallies at your local Israeli Embassies.

Help spread awareness through social media and to all your contacts 
as you deem fit after you take action!

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