[Ppnews] Israeli court rejects appeal to free hunger striker

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Wed Jan 16 13:19:42 EST 2013

*Israeli court rejects appeal to free hunger striker*

Published today (updated) 16/01/2013 20:03


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal 
to release hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Tariq Qaadan, who is 
being held without charge or trial.

Qaadan, from Jenin, was sentenced to administrative detention by an 
Israeli military court and has been on hunger strike for 50 days.

He told the court he will continue his strike until he is released: "I 
dedicate this hunger strike to my sick child, and to my freedom. I have 
been detained arbitrarily several months after I was released, so I will 
not end hunger strike unless I secure my freedom."

Qaadan and fellow hunger strikers Jafar Azzidine and Yousef Yassin were 
all detained on Nov. 22 and sentenced to administrative detention.

They are only drinking water and have refused medical treatment or tests 
since Dec. 21, the prisoner rights group Addameer said Monday.

The Israeli prison service is denying them family visits and has 
confiscated most of their belongings, according to Addameer.

Concern Mounts for Palestinian Hunger strikers 

15 January 2013http://www.addameer.org/images/empty.gif



Ramallah, 14 January 2012 -- Addameer is deeply concerned for the lives 
of four Palestinian hunger strikers as their health continues to 
deteriorate. Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad recently visited three hunger 
strikers Jafar Azzidine, Yousef Yassin and Tarek Qa'adan, who are all on 
their 49th day of hunger strike. All three were arrested on 22 November 
2012 and were placed in administrative detention, which is a procedure 
that allows the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely on 
'secret information' without charging them or allowing them to stand 
trial. All three began their hunger strike on 28 November 2012 and are 
only drinking water.

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