[Pnews] Palestinian hunger striker’s appeal rejected - journalist on 53rd day of strike
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Palestinian hunger striker’s appeal rejected; journalist on 53rd day
January 17, 2016
Two Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention without
charge or trial are continuing their hunger strikes despite serious
threats to their health: *Mohammed al-Qeeq*, 33, is now on his 53rd day
of hunger strike and *Hassan Shokah,* 27, is now on his 35th day of strike.
Journalist Al-Qeeq, a correspondent for Al-Majd channel, has entered in
and out of consciousness in the past several days.
On 16 January, the Ofer military court rejected an appeal by Al-Qeeq
against his imprisonment without charge. Issa Qaraqe, chair of the
Palestinian Detainees’ Affairs Committee, said that this underlines the
military courts’ responsibility for Al-Qeeq’s dangerous health situation
and that the court was acting out of “revenge” against Al-Qeeq for his
hunger strike, noting that the military courts serve only to present a
legal facade for Israeli intelligence and military repression.
He is held in Afula hospital
where he is shackled to his hospital bed and is facing increasing
physical danger after 53 days of strike. On Friday, Palestinian citizens
of Israel organized a protest outside Afula hospital calling for
Doctors at Afula hospital delivered intravenous nutrients against
Al-Qeeq’s objection; when he regained consciousness he removed the
intravenous tube, rejecting any form of nutrients or forced feeding. He
has previously been arrested three times and served over two years in
Israeli occupation prisons.
Shokah, 27, has also been held multiple times in administrative
detention without charge or trial. He is being held in isolation in
Jalameh prison, imprisoned arbitrarily via military order since 16
September 2015. He was denied winter clothing when transferred in a cold
metal van to Jalameh and then was denied winter blankets within the prison.
Information contributed by Reham Alhelsi of A Voice from Palestine
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*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.
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<http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s>. *Palestinian political
prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S*.
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