[Ppnews] Four Palestinian Prisoners and Five Jordanian Prisoners on Open Hunger Strike
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Mon May 20 15:42:27 EDT 2013
Four Palestinian Prisoners and Five Jordanian Prisoners on Open Hunger
Strike; Military Court to Consider Request from PLC member Ahmed
Sa?'adat? for a Visit from his Granddaughter?
Occupied Ramallah?, 20 May 2013 /-
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association's Research and
Documentation Unit has learned that 4 Palestinian prisoners are on open
hunger strike. They are making several demands from the Occupation
authorities and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). Addameer can also
confirm that 5 Jordanian prisoners are on hunger strike in order to shed
light on their cause and are demanding family visits.
Addameer has gathered the following information concerning the hunger
1?. Detainee Ayman Abu Daoud ?(30 years old?) from Al?-Khalil
?(Hebron?). He has been on hunger strike since 14 April 2013 in protest
of his re?-arrest after his release as part of the most recent prisoner
exchange deal on 18 October 2011. Abu Daoud was released ?as part of the
deal after having spent 7 years of his 36-year sentence in prison?.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) want him to serve the rest of his
previous sentence ?(a remaining 29 years?) on the basis of Article 186
of Military Order 1651?, as amended in September 2011?. Abu Daoud was
re-arrested by the IOF under this article under the pretext of his
having violating the terms of his release in a prisoner exchange deal.
He has been transferred to the clinic at Ramleh Prison after his health
declined as a result of the hunger strike.
2?. Detainee Ayman Hamdan ?(30 years old) from Bethlehem. He has been on
hunger strike since 28 April 2013 in protest of his administrative
detention. Hamdan has been held in administrative detention since 21
August 2012. The prison administration has transferred him to isolation
in Ofer Prison as a punishment for the strike.
3. Detainee Imad Al-Batran (39 years old) from Idhna/Al-Khalil (Hebron).
He has been on hunger strike since 7 May 2013 in protest of the renewal
of an administrative detention order against him. Al-Batran announced
his strike after he received the 6-month renewal, the fourth consecutive
renewal since his detention began on 18 November 2011. Occupation
authorities immediately transferred Al-Batran to isolation in Ofer
Prison after he announced his hunger strike.
It is important to note that Al?-Batran was also on hunger strike in
September 2012 in protest of the IPS' refusal to allow him to visit his
imprisoned brother?, Tareq Al?-Batran?, who has been in prison since 3
May 2005 and who is serving a life sentence?.
4?. Prisoner Abdallah Al?-Barghouthi ?(41 years old?), from the village
of Beit Rima?, in the governorate of Ramallah?. Al-Barghouthi received
the highest sentence by a military court in the history of the Israeli
occupation ?(67 life sentences?). He has been imprisoned since 5 March
2003?. Al?-Barghouthi announced his open hunger striker on 2 May 2013,
demanding that his relatives in Jordan be allowed to visit him in
prison?. He was immediately transferred to isolation in Ramleh Prison?.
Al-Barghouthi also went on hunger strike on 12 A?pril 2012, demanding
that he be released from isolation and be allowed to receive family visits?.
Addameer also confirms that there are 5 prisoners with Jordanian
citizenship who have been on open hunger strike since the beginning of
May?. They are demanding more attention for their cause, as well as
family visits, from which they have been banned for several years.
On another note, Addameer's lawyer Mahmoud Hassan has reported that
imprisoned PLC representative Ahmad Sa'adat will be brought before a
judge in the district court in Al-Lid (Lod) next Tuesday, 21 May 2013.
The judge will consider a request put forth by Sa'adat to be able to
receive a visit from his granddaughter in prison.
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