[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 
Hana Shalabi:

         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 
medical ethics.

         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 
them herself.

     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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