[Pnews] Take Action: 50 Days of Hunger Strike for Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq

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Thu Jan 14 10:28:41 EST 2016

  Take Action: 50 Days of Hunger Strike for Palestinian journalist
  Mohammed al-Qeeq

January 14, 2016


As he reached his 50th day of hunger strike, Palestinian journalist 
Mohammed al-Qeeq 
is facing a severe medical crisis and has been intravenously force fed 
by his Israeli jailers in Afula hospital. Al-Qeeq, 33, is a Palestinian 
correspondent for Al-Majd TV who has been on hunger strike 
since 25 November 2015; he is held under a six-month Israeli 
administrative detention order without charge or trial, along with 660 
other Palestinians.

He has lost consciousness, suffers from head, stomach and joint pain, is 
vomiting blood and has lost over 22 kilograms since his hunger strike 
began. He is held, shackled to the hospital bed, in Afula hospital.

Al-Qeeq was arrested three times before this arrest:in 2003, in 2004 
when he was sentenced to 13 months, and in 2008, sentenced to 16 months. 
He is married and has two children.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights 
<http://www.imemc.org/article/74574> reported that in accordance with 
the new law,the so-called “Law to Prevent Harm of Hunger Strikes,” 
al-Qeeq was forcibly fed on 12 January in Afula hospital. Unlike the 
familiar practice of nasogastric feeding used inGuantanamo 
a physically painful and violent practice that has been publicized in 
videos, the feeding tactic used in this case is intravenous feeding with 
fluids containing nutrients, which Al-Qeeq has rejected. While less 
physically violent than nasogastric feeding, it can have serious 
physical side effects when carried out over a long period of time.

Furthermore, whether or not the forced feeding or provision of nutrients 
is physically painful, it remains a violation of the guidelines and 
medical practice of the International Committee of the Red Cross 
<http://www.rt.com/usa/red-cross-guantanamo-maurer-770/> and the World 
Medical Association, which underline the fundamental right to bodily 
integrity and the right to choose, which is directly assaulted by forced 
nutrition of any kind; forced nutrition against a prisoner’s choice to 
engage in a hunger strike undermines human dignity and is unjustifiable.

Al-Qeeq is not the only Palestinian administrative detainee on hunger 
strike – *Hasan Hasanin Shokah*, who has been repeatedly held 
<http://www.amnestyusa.org/research/reports/annual-report-israel-and-the-occupied-palestinian-territories-2013?page=3> by 
Israeli forces under administrative detention without charge or trial. 
Imprisoned without charge since 16 September, he launched a hunger 
after he was transferred to Jalameh prison.

*Abdullah Abu Jaber*, who also has Jordanian citizenship, is also on 
hunger strike – he previously engaged in a strike for several weeks, 
which he initially ended after allegedly reaching agreement on his 
demands. However, when he was returned to Al-Ramla prison hospital, the 
agreement was not in place, he was informed that none of his demands 
would be met, and he re-launched his strike.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network emphasizes that the 
imposition of forced feeding and intravenous nutrition against the will 
of Al-Qeeq is a violation of his rights and does not end his strike; he 
and his fellow Palestinian prisoners need international solidarity and 
support more than ever.

*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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