[Ppnews] Israeli court postpones Hana Shalabi's hearing - hunger strike continues

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Wed Feb 29 18:37:44 EST 2012

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Israeli court postpones Hana Shalabi's hearing for the second time

Published on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:54

Twenty Nine year old Hana Shalabi, a prisoner who was placed into 
administrative detention and has now entered her 14th day of hunger 
strike, had a hearing today at the Israeli court. According to 
Addameer Prisoner Association, today's review hearing, which was in 
regards to the confirmation of her order, resulted in the Israeli 
military judge postponing the decision for the second time. The Judge 
stated that he would be meeting with an Israeli intelligence officer, 
a meeting in which neither Hana nor her lawyer can be present. The 
judge will base his decision upon the meeting.

Hana was arrested on 16th February, just four months following her 
release from prison on the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and 
the Israeli government. It was reported that during her arrest, Hana 
was subject to violations such as being beaten, verbally abused and 
harassed by the Israeli Occupying Forces. Hana immediately started 
her hunger strike upon being detained and was placed into solitary 
confinement as punishment.

Following her arrest, there have been numerous protests in solidarity 
with Hana, including a gathering of people in Al-Minara on Monday and 
a protest outside Ofer prison today. Additionally UK based Friends of 
Al-Aqsa (FOA) group has launched a "Free Hana" campaign, urging the 
British government to take actions against the illegal administrative 
detention of Hana by Israel. FOA has called on the concerned British 
nationals to write to the Foreign Secretary and urged him to formally 
condemn the administrative detention and call for the immediate end 
of its use by Israel.

Following today's hearing, Addameer lawyer Mahmoud Hassan reported 
that she seems fatigued but is mentally sharp. She has been moved to 
a room with other female prisoners and is currently refusing any food 
or minerals and following an examination she is refusing any further 
medical treatment.


Hunger-Striking Detainee Moved Back To Security Detainees Facility


  Wednesday February 29, 2012 03:43
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

The Israeli Prison Administration moved, on Tuesday, hunger-striking 
female detainee, Hana' Ash-Shalabi, to the security prisoners branch 
of the Ha-Sharon Israeli prison, after she was previously moved to 
the section where prisoners held on criminal charges are detained.

The Israeli Prison Administration moved , on Tuesday, hunger-striking 
female detainee, Hana' Ash-Shalabi, to the security prisoners branch 
of the Ha-Sharon Israeli prison, after she was previously moved to 
the section of were prisoners held on criminal charges are held.

Omar Ash-Shalabi, the brother of Hana' told the Palestinian WAFA news 
agency that the International Red Cross managed to visit her on 
Tuesday, and that she informed the Red Cross that she was moved back 
to the section in question.

He said that she believes that measure was taken in an attempt to 
force her to end the hunger-strike she started more than 13 days ago. 
She is currently in need of medical glasses.

The Red Cross informed her family that she has high spirit, and that 
she is determined to continue her hunger-strike, until the 
Administrative Detention order that was served against her without 
charges is voided.

It is worth mentioning that Hana' will be having a court hearing on 
Wednesday as the court will be looking into her case, the Red Cross said.

Hana's was taken prisoner only four months after she was release 
under the Prisoner-Swap deal that was mediated between Israel and the 
resistance in Gaza.

Calls upon the International Community to Pressurize IOF to Release 
Palestinian Detainee Hana' Shalabi

Published on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:55

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned for the 
life of Hana' Shalabi, a detainee in Israeli jails who has been on 
hunger strike for approximately 2 weeks. PCHR calls upon the 
international community to pressurize Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) 
to release Shalabi, who has been placed under administrative 
detention, primarily for 6 renewable months, without trial.

On 16 February 2012, IOF raided the house of Hana' Yehya Saber 
Shalabi, 30, in Bourqin village near the northern West Bank of Jenin. 
IOF arrested Shalabi and transferred her to Hasharon women's prison. 
An order was issued by IOF to place Shalabi under administrative 
detention for 6 months. Shalabi has been on hunger strike since the 
first day of her detention. It should be noted that Shalabi was 
released from Israeli jails in the recent prisoners swap after 
serving two years under administrative detention.

According to Fawwaz Shalloudi, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner 
Club Society, who visited Shalabi on Sunday, 26 February 2012, 
Shalabi was beaten, subjected to maltreatment and searched while IOF 
were arresting her. Shalloudi reported that the Israeli Prison 
Service (IPS) placed Shalabi in solitary confinement.

Sherin Iraqi, a lawyer from the Ministry of Prisoners and 
Ex-Prisoners, visited Shalabi in her detention. Iraqi reported that 
Shalabi's health conditions are deteriorating and that she is in 
solitary confinement and has not undergone any medical examinations 
since she has started her hunger strike. She also reported that 
Shalabi was beaten and subjected to maltreatment while IOF were 
arresting her and that IPS has threatened to transfer Shalabi to the 
criminal section in al-Ramla prison if she continues the hunger strike.

The case of Shalabi reminds of the case of Khader Adnan who went on 
hunger strike for 66 days starting from 17 December 2011 after an 
Israeli court had issued a decision placing him under administrative 
detention for 4 months. Adnan stopped his hunger strike on the 66th 
day in exchange for releasing him on 17 April 2012.

The case of Shalabi highlights the conditions of more than 300 
Palestinians who are currently placed under administrative detention 
in Israeli prisons and detention facilities, including the Speaker 
and 20 Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. These actions 
are in violation of the right of a detainee to fair trial, including 
the right to receive appropriate defense and to be informed of 
charges against him. Administrative detention is applied by an 
administrative order only without referring to a court, thus 
violating the standards of impartial judicial procedures, including fair trial.

PCHR is concerned for the life of Shalabi, who has been detained in 
Israeli jails, and:

1. Calls upon the international community to pressurize IOF to 
release Shalabi and to avoid risking her life;

2. Calls upon international human rights and solidarity organizations 
to exert extensive efforts in order to compel the State of Israel to 
stop the policy of administrative detention which violates the 
fundamental right to a fair trial,

3. Refers with concern to the continued deterioration of living 
conditions of over 5,000 Palestinians detained in Israeli jails.

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