[Ppnews] Support Hana al-Shalabi as her health declines 4 weeks into hunger strike in Israel jail

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Wed Mar 14 11:49:55 EDT 2012

Call to Action: Support Hana al-Shalabi as her health declines 4 
weeks into hunger strike in Israel jail

Submitted by Linah Alsaafin on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:54

The <http://www.palestinemonitor.org/?p=4336>parents of 
hunger-striking political prisoner 
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/hana-al-shalabi>Hana al-Shalabi 
have issued a call to all Palestinians to 
<https://www.facebook.com/events/323531991038163/>protest this 
weekend in support of their daughter who is on her 28th continuous 
day without food in protest at her detention without charge or trial by Israel:

"We call upon the Palestinian National Authority, the Palestinian 
national factions, and all Palestinians to take to the streets on 
Saturday, March 17 and to demonstrate in support of our daughter Hana 
Shalabi and all administrative detainees.

Pressure on the Palestinian street is imperative in achieving Hana's 
immediate release, as well as support for her open hunger strike 
[that began on February 16, 2012]

We as Hana's family continue to support her hunger strike, and we 
want to let our daughter know that we are with her in every step of 
her hunger strike until she achieves her immediate release from the 
Israeli occupation jails.

Finally, we call upon all administrative detainees to join Hana's 
hunger strike until they achieve their own release and to put an end 
to the unjust Israeli policy of adminstrative detention, which 
violates human rights and international law."

Sharply deteriorating health

for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) visited Hana and reported that her 
health had deteriorated significantly.

"The second doctor's second examination on 12 March indicated an 
additional deterioration in Ms. Shalabi's condition, shown mainly in 
advanced muscle atrophy and wasting, additional weight loss, a 
significant reduction in blood sugar, severe dizziness and severe 
muscle pain, especially in her chest and back."

Hana was violently re-arrested by Israel on February 16th after her 
release in the first half of the Hamas-Israel prisoner deal in 
October. She had spent 25 months on administrative detention, without 
ever being informed of the reason of her detainment and with no 
charges brought against her. Her hunger strike is one for freedom and 
dignity, which began immediately as a result of being horribly 
mistreated during her last arrest, which included a forced strip 
search by a male soldier, beatings, and later solitary confinement. 
She is held in HaSharon prison.

Amnesty International reiterates urgent concern

International reiterated its concern for Hana al-Shalabi's condition 
following the examination by PHRI doctors. Earlier this month, 
Amnesty issued an 
action alert calling on people to contact authorities to 
demand  Israel release Hana al-Shalabi and other so-called 
"administrative detainees" held without charge or trial by proper 
international standards.

Background on Hana al-Shalabi

<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=452>Background from Addameer

"On 23 February 2012 Ms. Hana Shalabi was given an administrative 
detention order for six months. On 29 February there was a discussion 
regarding her detention in Ofer military court. On 4 March the 
military court decided to reduce the detention period from six to 
four months, but without promising not to extend or renew it. As a 
result, Ms. Hana Shalabi announced she would continue to hunger 
strike until her release. On 7 March, an appeal hearing regarding the 
court's decision was held at Ofer, and the military judge ordered the 
parties to try and reach a compromise by Sunday 11 March, but an 
agreement has not yet been reached.

Administrative detainees' protests are growing. Two additional 
administrative detainees, Bilal Diab and Thair Halahleh declared 
hunger strikes on 1 March, which they claim will continue until their 
release from administrative detention. On 3 March, two other 
administrative detainees declared hunger strikes until their release. 
Since the beginning of March, a number of administrative detainees 
have refused to acknowledge the military court and refused to 
participate in legal discussions of their cases. Due to Israel's use 
of administrative detention, and the unwillingness of the military 
court to interfere in this practice, a hunger strike serves as a 
non-violent and sole tool available to administrative detainees to 
protest and fight for their basic human rights.

Approximately 310 Palestinians are currently held in administrative 
detention in Israeli prisons. Administrative detention allows Israel 
to hold detainees for indefinitely renewable six-month periods. The 
arrest is granted on the basis of "secret information" and without a 
public indictment. Therefore, administrative detainees and their 
lawyers cannot defend against these allegations in court."

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