[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
January 14, 2016
As he reached his 50th day of hunger strike, Palestinian journalist
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
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
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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