[Ppnews] Palestine - Sharawna, Issawi 'threaten to escalate hunger strikes'

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Mon Nov 26 11:21:28 EST 2012

*Sharawna, Issawi 'threaten to escalate hunger strikes'

Published today 17:09

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians who have refused food in Israeli 
jail for several months are threatening to escalate their hunger 
strikes, legal and medical representatives said Monday.

Ayman Sharawna told an independent doctor working for Physicians for 
Human Rights - Israel last week that he wants to intensify his 149-day 
hunger strike.

PHR-I filed a court petition on Monday demanding Sharawna be moved 
permanently to a civilian hospital from Ramla prison clinic, requiring 
him to be unshackled.

He refuses to move to hospital while he is kept in restraints, which is 
humiliating and further stresses the neurological damage to his legs, a 
representative of PHR-I told Ma'an.

The insistence of the Israeli prison service that Sharawna, who has lost 
38 kilograms during his strike, does not need to be hospitalized is 
"really absurd," she said. The group filed a legal petition after talks 
with the service had been exhausted, she added.

*Regular fainting spells*

Meanwhile, Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for 118 days, 
started refusing water on Nov. 21, prisoner rights group Addameer said.

He is fainting several times a day, and injured his back after he passed 
out during the night this week, an Addameer representative said.

Issawi, from Jerusalem, and Sharawna, from Hebron were both released 
under the 2011 prisoner swap deal but rearrested shortly after, and are 
being held without charge.

Another hunger-striker, Odai Kilani, has refused food for 36 days to 
protest the renewal of his administrative detention order and is 
suffering body pains, Addameer said.

Despite their weak state, the prisoners were strip-searched on return 
from a hospital prison check-up last week, and need several permissions 
in order to go to the bathroom, the groups said.

Another prisoner, Muhammad Kananeh, ended his 16-day hunger strike when 
authorities agreed to move him into a section for Palestinians held for 
"security" reasons on Nov. 7, Addameer said.

A Palestinian citizen of Israel, he had protested his categorization as 
a criminal as his charges related to a protest against Israeli occupation.

The remaining hunger-strikers cannot be adequately treated at a prison 
clinic due to the severity of their situation, PHR-I said. Sharawna's 
condition is "really dangerous ... it could become critical at any 
point," a representative said.

The Gaza-based Prisoners Center for Studies said all Palestinian 
prisoners would refuse food on Tuesday in solidarity with the 
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