[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
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
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
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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