[Ppnews] Hana Shalabi Moved To Hospital - Court Decision Put Off
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Tue Mar 20 11:47:53 EDT 2012
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Shalabi Moved To Hospital After Sharp Health Deterioration
Tuesday March 20, 2012
by Saed Bannoura
Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', stated on Monday
evening that hunger-striking detainee Hana' Ash-Shalabi, who has been
on hunger strike since 34 days, was moved to Meir Israeli Hospital,
in Kfar Saba, after a sharp deterioration in her health condition.
Qaraqe' said that Ash-Shalabi was hospitalized after she was examined
by a medical team of the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), adding
that the doctors had to wait for three hours until they were allowed
to see her.
He further stated that the physicians determined that Ash-Shalabi is
unable to stand, nauseated, suffering from pain in her abdomen,
headache, her heartbeats are slower than they should be, and low sugar levels.
Qaraqe' said that Ash-Shalabi refuses to take any medications or
liquids except in the presence of PHR doctors who will be visiting
her again Tuesday morning.
The Minister held Israel fully responsible for the life of
Ash-Shalabi, and voiced an appeal to human rights groups to intervene
and save her life.
Ash-Shalabi is demanding the Israeli Authorities to release her as
she is being held without charges or trial.
No Results in Hana Shalabi's Session, Judge to Issue Decision Next Week
Published on Tuesday, 20 March
On Tuesday March 20, the lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society
Jawwad Bolus said that the session that was held today in the office
of the judge of the Court of Appeal in the Israeli prison Ofer has
just ended, yet no positive results or agreements were reached
concerning the case of Hana Shalabi
Bolus called for a decision to appeal again due to the necessity to
intervene to release Hana Shalabi.
At the end of the session, the judge decided to finish examining the
file of Hana Shalabi during this week, saying he hopes he to issue a
decision next week.
The head of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society Qadura Fares said that
Israeli military judicial policy aims to put more pressure on the
administrative detainee Hana Shalabi, her family, supporters and the
defense committee, and called on the international institutions to
put an end to this catastrophe.
Full text of Physicians for Human Rights - Israel statement
On the 33rd day of her hunger strike, administrative detainee
Hana Shalabi is in danger of imminent death
On the 33rd day of her hunger strike, administrative detainee
Hana Shalabi is in danger of imminent death. An independent physician
from Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHR-Israel) examined her
today and determined that she must be hospitalized immediately
Physicians for Human Rights: the Prison Service treatment of
Shalabi violates medical ethics
Hana Shalabi, an administrative detainee held at the Sharon
Prison, has been on hunger strike for more than a month, in protest
of her violent detention, the humiliating and hurtful search that was
conducted on her upon her detention, and also in protest of being
held in administrative detention. A hearing on her case is expected
to be held at the military court.
This morning (March 19th) an independent physician visited Hana
Shalabi on behalf of PHR-Israel, and she states that there has been a
significant deterioration in her condition, and that she risks death.
The deterioration is expressed in a process of muscle breakdown, with
a weight loss of 14 kg (31 lb.) since the onset of the hunger strike,
a very slow pulse, and a drop in blood sodium levels. These symptoms
could indicate grave damage to the heart and the beginning of the
breakdown of the heart muscle, which could lead to heart failure at any moment.
Additionally, her body temperature is low (hypothermia),
recorded at 35.05C (95.09F), with Shalabi reporting that she feels
cold. This finding indicates that the energy production in her body
is mostly directed at the essential organs, which also indicates
possible damage to the heart, which could be expressed in arrhythmia,
systemic deterioration, or sudden death. The attending physician adds
that Shalabi is not taking medications, has gone from ambulatory
independence to being dependent on others for locomotion, and suffers
from significant weakness, low blood pressure, serious pain
throughout her body, significant sensitivity in her upper abdominal
region, and serious dizziness.
The results of the blood test taken on March 14th indicate a
drop in the levels of blood glucose and sodium, and damage to the
thyroid functions. The thyroid plays a critical role in maintaining
body temperature, as well as heart, liver, and brain function.
Significant damage to the thyroid gland could lead to a coma, and
this possibility is clearly present with regard to Shalabi.
Additionally, blood work done today indicates disruption of the
clotting functionality, and a significant lack of iron and vitamins.
Following her examination, the physician has determined that
Shalabi is in immediate danger to her life, and recommended that she
be transported to a hospital with no delay, for close supervision and
follow-up. The Prison Service has announced that it has transported
Shalabi to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba pursuant to the
recommendation of the physician.
Physicians For Human Rights Israel today calls out the
problematic conduct by the Israeli Prison Service in its treatment of
Great pressure is being exerted on Shalabi to stop the
hunger strike, both by the Prison Service Ethics Committee and the
Muslim cleric who is a member of that committee.
The Chief Medical Officer for the Prison Service
communicated with the PHR-I physician, asking that she persuade
Shalabi to stop her strike. This clearly violates the principles of
Hana's communication with the PHR-I physician who is
supposed to follow up closely on her health - is very limited. For
example, when Shalabi asked to see the PHR-I physician last week, the
Prison Service did not inform the physician of this request.
The results of Shalabi's blood tests, as communicated to the
PHR-I physician last week, over a phone call with the Chief Medical
Officer for the Prison Service, were found to be different from the
printed results, which were sent from the lab and given to the PHR
physician to review physically today. The results conveyed presented
a different medical picture than that which actually existed in reality.
It seems that the question of force-feeding has not been
ruled out, and that the discussion of this matter continues in the
Prison Service Ethics Committee.
It appears that an attempt is being made to undermine
Shalabi's faith in the independent physician by presenting her with
incorrect information. In the course of the physician's examination
today, Shalabi indicated that she had been told by the Prison Service
representatives that the PHR independent physician had given the
blood tests to the Prison Service, and that she did not wish to take
Physicians For Human Rights again expresses extreme concern for
Hana Shalabi's life. The organization expresses its dismay at the
fact that medical teams are still considering the possibility of
force-feeding her, despite the fact that international treaties prohibit this.
The organization calls upon the local and the international
community to act immediately and intervene for the release of
Shalabi, and to act to end Israel's use of administrative detention.
For reports of prior examinations by the PHR physician see: March 13th.
On 23 February 2012 an administrative detention order for six
months was issued for Ms. Hana Shalabi. On 29 February there was a
hearing 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 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 no
agreement has 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 hearings 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 the sole tool available to administrative detainees
to protest and fight for their basic human rights.
Approximately 309 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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