[Ppnews] Palestinian woman’s hunger strike enters third week against arbitrary detention by Israel

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Thu Mar 1 11:17:33 EST 2012


Ismael Mohamad / United Press International


Palestinian woman’s hunger strike enters third 
week against arbitrary detention by Israel

Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 13:25
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinian-womans-hunger-strike-enters-third-week-against-arbitrary-detention

Today marks the 15th day of 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/hana-al-shalabi-0>Hana 
al-Shalabi’s hunger strike against her arbitrary 
imprisonment by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.

Currently held in the Hasharon prison, she was 
seized from her home in a violent nighttime raid 
in the early hours of 16 February, when, 
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=161>according to an Addameer profile,

50 Israeli soldiers raided her house in Burqin 
village, near Jenin, in the early morning. The 
soldiers were accompanied by an intelligence 
officer and a large number of dogs and first 
raided her brother’s home before coming to her 
house. The IOF [Israeli occupation forces] moved 
through his house with the pack of dogs, causing 
the children of the household to panic.

Al-Shalabi, 29, is being held without charge or 
trial under an “administrative detention” order, 
a practice dating back to British colonial rule, 
that goes until 16 August. Al-Shalabi previously 
spent two years in administrative detention from 
September 2009, to October 2011, when she was 
released as part of the Hamas-Israel prisoner exchange deal.

During the raid, Hana and her family were 
subjected to violence and harassment, and since 
her detention she has been subjected to further 
abuse, including solitary confinement to punish 
her for her hunger strike, according to Addameer.


No due process

A 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinian-womans-hunger-strike-enters-third-week-against-arbitrary-detention#addameerrelease>29 
February Addameer release reports that a hearing 
by an Israeli military judge (an occupation 
military officer) to review the administrative 
detention order was postponed from 29 February, and that:

the judge stated he would be meeting with an 
Israeli intelligence officer on 4 March. In the 
meeting, neither Hana nor her lawyers will be 
permitted to be present. The military judge will 
make his decision regarding the confirmation of 
her order following the meeting.

Israel frequently renews administrative detention 
orders, effectively turning the practice into a 
form of indefinite detention, 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen/israel-issues-third-consecutive-detention-order-against-prisoner-conscience-ahmad>as 
in the case of political prisoner Ahmed Qatamesh.


Parents hunger strike and solidarity

The Addameer release added:

On 23 February, Hana’s mother, 65, and father, 
67, also began an open-ended hunger strike in 
solidarity with their daughter. Hana’s hunger 
strike began during the 66-day hunger strike of 
Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan, 
whose case has helped to raise awareness about 
Israel’s use of arbitrary detention and its 
violations of international humanitarian law, 
which permits limited use of administrative 
detention only in emergency situations, but does 
not allow for its use as punishment when there is 
not sufficient evidence for criminal procedures.

An Aljazeera Arabic report (video above) showed 
Hana’s parents on hunger strike in a solidarity 
tent near their home in Burqin. Umm Omar, Hana’s 
mother, said she had attended the military court 
to see her daughter but was not allowed to see 
her. Other solidarity actions, included a protest 
by children at a local school and rallies by the 
families of other Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Addameer 
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=161>has 
asked people all over the world to contact 
officials to demand that Al-Shalabi be 
immediately released and Israel halt the 
widespread practice of detention without charge 
or trial. Currently more than 300 Palestinians 
are held in “administrative detention,” including 
21 elected members of the Palestinian legislative council.

During the hunger strike of 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/>Khader 
Adnan, Amnesty International called on Israel to 
end its use of administrative detention and 
<http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action-Israel-End-use-of-administrative-detention%20>launched 
a petition that over five thousand people have signed.

Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity 
Network, has also issued an 
<http://samidoun.ca/2012/02/take-action-today-for-hana-al-shalabi-administrative-detainee-and-hunger-striker/>action 
alert with suggested solidarity actions concerned people can take.


Addameer 29 February press release

<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=447>Another 
Hunger Striker Challenges a Policy Unchanged: 
Hana Shalabi on Day 14 of Hunger Strike in 
Protest of Her Ill-Treatment and Administrative Detention

Ramallah, 29 February 2012 – Addameer demands the 
immediate release of Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian 
prisoner on hunger strike currently held without 
charge or trial by Israel. Today, 29 February, 
Hana entered her 14th day of hunger strike in 
protest of the inhuman and degrading treatment 
she was subjected to during and following her arrest.

Hana was issued a 6-month administrative 
detention order on 23 February. After being 
postponed from an original date of 27 February, 
today’s review hearing regarding the confirmation 
of her order resulted in the Israeli military 
judge postponing the decision yet again. Instead 
of issuing a decision, the judge stated he would 
be meeting with an Israeli intelligence officer 
on 4 March. In the meeting, neither Hana nor her 
lawyers will be permitted to be present. The 
military judge will make his decision regarding 
the confirmation of her order following the meeting.

Hana was arrested on 16 February, less than four 
months after being released from over two years 
in administrative detention on 18 October 2011 as 
part of the prisoner exchange deal concluded by 
the Israeli government and Hamas, whereby 1,027 
Palestinian political prisoners were released in 
exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad 
Shalit. During her arrest, Hana and her family 
were beaten and harassed by Israeli Occupying 
Forces. After being taken to Salem Detention 
Center, Hana was subjected to additional 
beatings, humiliation, and other stark 
violations. She immediately began an open hunger 
strike and was subsequently placed in solitary confinement as punishment.

After visiting with her on 27 February 2012, 
Addameer lawyer Samer Sam’an noted that she had 
been moved back into a room with other 
Palestinian female prisoners. She is not 
ingesting any kind of food or minerals, and is 
only drinking water. After an initial medical 
examination, she is now refusing further exams. 
Addameer lawyer Mahmoud Hassan reported after 
seeing her in today’s hearing that she seems fatigued but is mentally sharp.

On 23 February, Hana’s mother, 65, and father, 
67, also began an open-ended hunger strike in 
solidarity with their daughter. Hana’s hunger 
strike began during the 66-day hunger strike of 
Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan, 
whose case has helped to raise awareness about 
Israel’s use of arbitrary detention and its 
violations of international humanitarian law, 
which permits limited use of administrative 
detention only in emergency situations, but does 
not allow for its use as punishment when there is 
not sufficient evidence for criminal procedures.

Addameer urges the international community to 
continue pressuring Israel to end its practice of 
administrative detention and immediately release 
Hana Shalabi prior to confirming her 
administrative detention order. Hana has stated 
that she will continue her hunger strike if she 
remains in administrative detention; to ensure 
her release, local and international coalitions 
must work rapidly to build a movement in her support.





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