[Pnews] Palestine - Addameer visits hunger-striking political leader Ahmad Sa'adat - support the prisoners!
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Mon May 15 10:41:49 EDT 2017
Addameer's attorney Farah Bayadsi visited hunger-striking political
leader and Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Sa'adat today, 14 May 2017, in Ohli Kedar prison.
Addameer's attorney was previously denied visitation, but received
approval following a High Court petition submitted on 10 May 2017. Since
the beginning of the strike, 17 April 2017, Addameer requested several
visits from Israeli Prison Service (IPS) to visit hunger-striking
prisoners and detainees, but the IPS either did not respond or rejected
Mr. Sa'adat joined the hunger strike, along with several significant
Palestinian political leaders on 3 May 2017 including, Nael Barghouthi,
Hassan Salameh, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Abbas al-Sayed, Ziad Bseiso, Basem
al-Khandakji, Mohammed al-Malah, Tamim Salem, Mahmoud Issa, and Said
Mr. Sada'at was transferred, along with 38 hunger-striking prisoners and
detainees, from isolation in Ashkelon prison to isolation in Ohli Kedar
prison on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Mr. Sada'at informed Addameer's
attorney that the prisoners are subjected to two violent search raids
daily, during which prisoners are forced to leave their room, which is
physically exhausting for prisoners due to their hunger strikes. He also
added that 10 prisoners are held in one tight cell with one sink and one
toilet and no fan or air conditioning (with high-temperature weather),
and each prisoner is given 3 blankets.
Bayadsi noted that Mr. Sa'adat's health condition is deteriorating and
that he appears frail, walks and speaks very slowly and has lost
significant weight. Additionally, his face appears pale and he is only
consuming water. Mr. Sa'adat added that the medical examinations carried
out by the IPS are not sufficient, as only blood pressure and weight of
the hunger strikers were examined. Despite his deteriorating health
condition, Bayadsi reported that Mr. Sa'adat is in high spirits and
intends to continue on hunger strike until the prisoners' demands are met.
Mr. Sa'adat further added that the IPS imposed restrictions on
hunger-striking prisoners including a disciplinary fine of 200 NIS; ban
of family visits for two months; denial of access to the “canteen”
(prison store); and seizure of salt and all clothes except one set of
clothing per prisoner.
More troubling, the IPS has made it exceedingly difficult for
independent doctors to visit the hunger striking prisoners and has
provided prisoners with plastic cups in order to drink from the tap
rather than the usually provided drinking water.
Addameer strongly condemns such treatment, which violates the UN
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners which underlines
the need for appropriate medical care inside detention. Furthermore,
the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners states that
"Prisoners shall be allowed under necessary supervision to communicate
with their family and reputable friends at regular intervals, both by
correspondence and by receiving visits" (37).
As the hunger strike enters its 28th day, Addameer Prisoner Support
urges supporters of justice around the world to take action
support the Palestinian prisoners whose bodies and lives are on the line
for freedom and dignity. Addameer urges all people to organize events in
solidarity with the struggle of hunger-striking prisoners and
detainees. Addameer further calls on the diplomatic community to
pressure Israel to immediately allow for hunger striking prisoners to
have access to necessary healthcare and legal advisement.
Addameer further urges all political parties, institutions,
organizations and solidarity groups working in the field of human rights
in the occupied Palestinian territory and abroad to support the
prisoners in their hunger strike and demand that their legitimate
demands be granted. Addameer will continue to closely follow the
prisoner’s strike and provide regular updates on the situation as it
*Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association*
P. O. Box: 17338, Jerusalem
3 Edward Said Street
1st Floor, Suite 2
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136
Fax: +972 (0)2 296 0447
Email: info at addameer.ps
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