[Ppnews] Palestine Hunger Strikes Escalate: 12 Detainees on Hunger Strike, some nearing death

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Tue Feb 26 16:56:59 EST 2013

  HUNGER STRIKES ESCALATE: 12 Detainees on Hunger Strike, some nearing
  death as the Israeli Prison Service denies Addameer's lawyers
  visitation rights

/Occupied Ramallah, 26 February 2013

/Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association can confirm that 
the number of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli Occupation's jails 
has increased to twelve.
*Detainee Ayman Sharawna <http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=542> 
(36 years old) from Dura Al Khalil:* Sharawna started his hunger strike 
on 1 July 2012 in protest of his re-arrest under Article 186 of Military 
Order 1651. This law allows a special military commission to effectively 
"cancel the early release" of prisoners who were released in the 
prisoners exchange deal. In Sharwana's case, this means that he can be 
sentenced to serve the remaining 28 years of his sentence.
Sharawna briefly suspended his hunger strike in December 2012 at the 
promise of a court hearing to resolve his case. He resumed his hunger 
strike on 17 January 2013 after learning that the Israeli Prison Service 
(IPS) deceived him in their promise. He is currently in isolation in 
Ayalon Prison in Beer al-Saba', and is subjected to harsh and degrading 
treatment by the IPS and the special forces.
On 20 February 2013, the Israeli Supreme Court considered an appeal in 
Sharawna's name regarding Article 186 of Military Order 1651. The court 
decided to return the case to the Military Commission to make a 
decision, before it can be raised again in the Supreme Court.
*Detainee Samer Al-Issawi <http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=576> 
(33 years old) from Issawiya, Jerusalem: *Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) 
re-arrested Issawi on 7 July 2012. He has been on a hunger strike 
intermittently for over 200 days in protest of his arbitrary re-arrest. 
Issawi is a recently released ex-prisoner who was released in the latest 
prisoner exchange deal on 18 October 2011. He suffers from a severe 
decrease in weight as his weight hovers around 45 kilograms, a 23 kg 
decrease since his arrest. Issawi is not strong enough to move on his 
own and has to use a wheelchair. He recently escalated his hunger strike 
and stopped drinking water.
On 21 February 2013, the Israeli Magistrate Court sentenced Issawi to 
eight months as of the day of his arrest, on the grounds that he 
violated a military order by entering the West Bank. This ruling is in 
addition to a forthcoming sentencing by the Military Commission under 
Article 186 of Military Order 1651 which will consider if Issawi will be 
sentenced to complete his previous sentence of 20 years.
*Administrative Detainees Jafar Azzidine 
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=569> (41 years old) and Tarek 
Qa'adan <http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=571> (40 years old), 
from Araba, Jenin: *Azzidine and Qa'adan started their hunger strike on 
28 November 2012, in protest of their administrative detention orders. 
On 24 February 2013, they were transferred from Ramleh Prison Clinic to 
Asaf Harove Hospital as their health condition seriously deteriorated 
due to their refusal to drink water. They were scheduled to have 
hearings today in Ofer Military Court to confirm their renewed 
administrative detention orders for an addition three months beginning 
on 22 February 2013. The court hearing was postponed until tomorrow (27 
February 2013) and will be held in the hospital due to their fragile 
health condition and their inability to move.
*Eight additional detainees announced their joining of the hunger 
strike. They are: *
*Detainee Mona Qa'adan from Araba, Jenin: *Qa'adan entered a hunger 
strike on 20 February 2013 in support of her detained brother, Tarek 
Qa'adan, who is also on hunger strike. It is reported that she is 
currently in isolation as punishment for having joined the hunger strike.
*Prisoner Maher Abdellatif Younis, the longest serving Palestinian 
prisoner in the Occupation's jails*: Younis began his hunger strike on 
24 February
2013 and is currently in Gilboa Prison. He announced his strike with the 
goal of shedding light on the issue of pre-Oslo prisoners (who currently 
number 109), and the necessity of their release en masse without appeal. 
Younis (54 years old) is from the town of 'Ara in the "Triangle" region 
in northern Palestine, and has spent over 30 years behind bars.
*Administrative detainee Hazem Al-Tawil, resident of the city of 
Al-Khalil (Hebron): *He entered an open hunger strike on 20 February 
2013 after one day of detention in protest of the issuing of a six-month 
administrative detention order against him. He is currently in an 
isolation cell in Ofer Prison. It is noteworthy that Al-Tawil previously 
spent a year and a half in prison on the basis of administrative 
detention orders.
*Detainee Samer Al-Barq (38 years old) from Jayyous, Qalqilia: *The 
military prosecuter proceeded to renew an order of administrative 
detention against him last Sunday 24 February 2013, for a period of 
three months. The detainee undertook a number of hunger strikes in the 
past years and has been administratively detained since July 2010. He 
currently languishes behind bars in Hadarim Prison.
Addameer learned that detained *Younis Al-Hroub *announced a hunger 
strike in protest of his administrative detention. Prisoners *Ayman 
Saker, Sofian Rabie and Omar Dar Ayyoub* announced an open hunger strike 
in support of the other striking prisoners.
Addameer Prisoners' Support and Human Rights Association expresses its 
concern for the lives of hunger striking prisoners and detainees and 
maintains that the just solution for the issue of striking prisoners 
lies in the meeting of their demands and the treatment of all 
Palestinian detainees in accordance with international humanitarian law, 
particularly the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions and other 
conventions of international human rights law.
Addameer calls on the Arab Republic of Egypt to work seriously on 
releasing all prisoners freed in the prisoners exchange deal and on 
forcing the Occupying State to cancel Article 186 of Military Order 1651 
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=573>, which authorizes the 
detention of freed prisoners.
Addameer condemns the decision of the Israeli Prison Service to forbid 
lawyers from visiting detainees and prisoners on hunger strike. Addameer 
considers this to be the latest installment in a series of abuses faced 
by the organization and its staff in an attempt to silence their voices 
and undermine their determination to support the fight for justice and 
freedom for prisoners, and the end of the occupation.
* *
*Write to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities and 
demand the release of the prisoners on hunger strike.

    * Brigadier General Danny Efroni
      Military Judge Advocate General
      6 David Elazar Street
      Harkiya, Tel Aviv
      Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
      Email: arbel at mail.idf.il; avimn at idf.gov.il
    * Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon
      OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
      Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
      Fax: +972 2 530 5741
    * Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak
      Ministry of Defense
      37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
      Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
      Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757
    * Col. Eli Bar On
      Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
      Beth El 90631
      Fax: +972 2 9977326

*Write to your own elected representatives urging them to pressure 
Israel to release the hunger strikers.
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