[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
  of strike

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 
Al-Qeeq’s release.

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 

*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. *Join 
our protest in New York City on January 22. 

*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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