[Ppnews] Once again Israel reneges on agreement to release Palestinian hunger striker
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Wed Jan 30 14:26:11 EST 2013
Once again Israel reneges on agreement to release hunger striker
/Ramallah, 30 January 2013/ -- Israel reneges on agreement to release
hunger striker Akram Rikhawi, as health of three other hunger strikers
continues to deteriorate.
Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad yesterday visited Akram Rikhawi
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=491>and confirmed that Akram
re-started his hunger strike on 24 January 2013, in protest of the
refusal of Israel to release him on the previously agreed date of 24
January 2013. On 22 July 2012 Akram ended his previous 102 day hunger
strike after an agreement was reached to release him on 25 January 2013,
six months prior to his original release date.
Akram's brother Shadi Rikhawi also started a hunger strike on 24 January
2013. By 27 January 2013 Akram's blood sugar levels had already
decreased. Akram is currently taking water and sugar, while his brother
Shadi is taking water only. Akram believes that the Israeli authorities
do not respect the lives of Palestinian detainees, since they did not
release him on the agreed date. Akram's demands are clear, freedom or
Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad also visited Jafar Azzidine
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=569> and Tarek Qa'adan who are
on their 64^th day of hunger strike and confirmed that both were
transferred to Assaf Harofeh hospital on 24 January after their health
deteriorated so badly that either could suffer a stroke at any time.
Prior to being admitted to hospital both were taking only water and
salt. Upon being admitted to hospital both Jafar and Tarek began taking
glucose after which they both felt a slight improvement but both insist
on continuing with their hunger strikes.
Both Jafar and Tarek still suffer health problems from their pervious
hunger strikes, which have been exasperated by their current strikes.
Both feel pain all over their bodies; suffer from kidney problems;
constant headaches; general fatigue; and constant dizziness.
Ziad also visited Samer al-Issawi in Ramleh prison medical center and
reported that Samer's health continues to deteriorate. His weight has
dropped to 48 kilograms and he needs the use of a wheelchair. On 17
January Samer stopped taking vitamins and sugar, while on 22 January he
stopped drinking water. That same day Samer's temperature rose to 41
degrees and he was transferred to Assaf Harofeh but refused treatment
before being returned to Ramleh prison clinic. He was again transferred
to hospital on 26 January after his heart beats became irregular. He had
some x-rays taken but refused any other medical tests or treatments,
before being transferred back to Ramleh prison medical center.
Samer was then examined by a Red Cross doctor on 27 January 2013 who
explained that his life was at risk and suggested that he at least begin
drinking water again. Following the doctor's advice Samer started
drinking water. Samer continues to suffer from various health conditions
including low heart rate; heart pain; sever kidney pain; chest pain;
muscle pain; severe headaches; and pain in his left eye.
Yousef Yassin has stopped his hunger strike after suffering from kidney
problems and has been transferred to Megiddo prison.
Addameer finds that the continued hunger strikes illustrate the
essential need for Egyptian intervention, especially in their capacity
as the sponsors of the 18 October 2012 prisoner exchange and 14 May 2012
agreement that ended the mass hunger strikes. They must work in their
capacity to enforce these agreements and put pressure on the Occupying
power to respect its obligations and quickly release all the
ex-prisoners that were arbitrarily re-arrested, restrict its use of
administrative detention and immediately release the ill prisoners that
have been languishing for years in the Ramleh prison clinic and are
dying slow deaths.
The reasons the Israeli Prison Service continue to ignore the demands of
the prisoners on hunger strikes are three fold: first, the colonialist,
racist nature of the Israeli state, the disregard for the basic right to
life for Palestinians and the disregard of international law. Second,
the lack of international pressure on the state of Israel that allows it
to continue its practices and finally, the deterioration of people's
awareness of the prisoners issue and the support for their demands.
*Write to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities and
demand the release of the prisoners on hunger strike.
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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