[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 
the requests.

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
Sebat Bldg.
1st Floor, Suite 2
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136
Fax: +972 (0)2 296 0447

Email: info at addameer.ps
Website: www.addameer.org

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