[Pnews] Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for justice: Support their strikes for freedom!

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Wed Jan 6 13:43:17 EST 2016


  Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for justice: Support their
  strikes for freedom!

January 6, 2016

50 Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison have launched a collective 
hunger strike, protesting mistreatment, frequent transfers and poor 
conditions, returning their meals beginning Tuesday evening. The 
strikers are joining currently six Palestinian and Arab prisoners on 
individual hunger strikes in Israeli jails, protesting their detention.

Mohammed Al-Qeeq 
(photo above), a 33-year-old journalist from Dura, has now been on 
hunger strike for over 40 days as medical experts warn of severe danger 
to his health.  Held in administrative detention without charge or 
trial, Al-Qeeq launched a hunger strike on 25 November 2015. He is being 
held in Afula hospital and demanding his release; his lawyer reported 
that he is refusing medicines and at times water.

*1. Mohammed Al-Qeeq:* 33 y/o from Dura – occupied ‪#‎Hebron‬ 
on hunger strike since 25.11.2015 to protest his administrative 
detention. He was detained on 21.11.2015.11 and is being held in Afula 
Hospital. Al-Qeeq studied media at Birzeit Uni, and earned a Masters in 
Contemporary Arabic Studies, he works as a reporter for Al-Majd news 
channel. He was arrested three times before his recent arrest: in 2003, 
and in 2004 and sentenced to 13 months, and in 2008 sentenced to 16 
months. He is married and has two children.

*2. Shadi Mtawi*’: 28 y/o from occupied Hebron, held in isolation cells 
in Megiddo Prison, and on day 23 of open hunger strike demanding an end 
to his isolation and to be transferred to prisons in the South. He has 
been held captive since 14.11.2015, and is accused by the occupation of 
carrying out a resistance operation and shooting a number of Zionists 
colonists and killing two of them.

*3. Hassan Shokah*: 27 y/o from occupied ‪#‎Bethlehem‬ 
held in isolation cells in Megiddo Prison, on day 23 of open hunger 
strike demanding an end to his isolation and to be transferred to 
prisons in the South. He has been held captive since 16.09.2015; and was 
transferred to administrative detention without charge.

*4. Issa Abbasi*: 30 y/o from occupied ‪#‎Jerusalem‬ 
on day 17 of open hunger strike in protest against preventing him from 
meeting his mother Alia Abbasi, who is also held captive in HaSharon 
Prison. He is married with two children. He was arrested by the Israeli 
occupation forces on 30.05.2010 and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

*5. Abed Abdel Muti Abed*: 52 y/o from Jabalya refugee camp – ‪#‎Gaza‬ 
on day 7 of open hunger strike in protest against the policy of 
deliberate medical negligence practiced by the Israeli Prison Service 
against him and against Palestinian political prisoners in general. He 
has been in isolation cells since three months, and has been held 
captive since 14.08.2002 and sentenced to 20 years.

In addition to Jordanian political prisoner *Abdullah Abu Jaber*: on 
hunger strike since 08.11.2011 demanding to be transferred to Jordan to 
complete the remaining 5 years of his sentence. He suspended his hunger 
strike after 47 days after promises from the Israeli occupation 
intelligence to meet his demands, to resume the strike on 31.12.2015 
when his demands were not met. He is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment 
and has been detained since 29.12.2000.

Also, university student *Mohammed Najdi* is on day 11 of open hunger 
strike in Tulkarem intelligence prison. He was kidnapped by the PA 
security forces 59 days earlier.

Take Action to support the Hunger Strikers:

*1. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area. 
<http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel>*  Bring posters and 
flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger 
strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important 
information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue 
in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us 
atsamidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net> to inform us of 
your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

*2. Contact political officials in your country – members of Parliament 
or Congress, or the Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State* – 
and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of 
its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous 
violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of 
administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to free the hunger 
strikers and end administrative detention.

*2. Boycott, Divest and Sanction.* Hold Israel accountable for its 
violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign 
to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, 
a global security corporation, 
is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail 
Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it 
<http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s>. *Palestinian political 
prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S*. 
Learn more about BDS at bdsmovement.net <http://bdsmovement.net/>.

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