[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.
(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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