[Pnews] 37th Day of Hunger Strike: Strikers’ health deteriorates rapidly as Palestinians protest Trump visit

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Tue May 23 10:58:19 EDT 2017


  37th Day of Hunger Strike: Strikers’ health deteriorates rapidly as
  Palestinians protest Trump visit

May 23, 2017
/Graphic by The Palestine Project (Facebook 

On 23 May, Palestinian prisoners entered their 37th day of hunger strike 
1500 prisoners 
– out of a total of approximately 6500 Palestinian political prisoners 
in Israeli jails – launched the strike on 17 April 2017, Palestinian 
Prisoners’ Day. Throughout that time, strikers have consumed salt and 
water only to protect their lives and health.

Palestinian hunger strikers have faced harsh repression 
from Israeli occupation prison authorities. They have been denied legal 
and family visits, thrown in isolation and solitary confinement, 
abusively transferred repeatedly from prison to prison and had their 
personal belongings confiscated, including in many cases the salt on 
which they rely.

On the 37th day of hunger strike, prisoners begin to face very serious 
threats to their lives and health. There are many reports of fainting, 
serious fatigue, lowered blood pressure and heart rate and severe weight 
loss. Nevertheless, Palestinian prisoner Karim Younes, the longest 
consecutively-held prisoner jailed for 34 years, issued a statement 
emphasizing that despite their declining health, the strikers would 
continue and even escalate their strike.

One prisoner, Adnan Sari Hussein, 31, from Tulkarem, has been on hunger 
strike for 37 days; he is held in Shatta prison clinic and was 
reportedly treated with a defibrillator <http://asravoice.ps/post/6840> 
after his heartbeat momentarily stopped, reported Asra Voice. Hussein is 
reportedly still facing a very serious condition.  Meanwhile, in Eshel 
Prison, a number of hunger strikers are experiencing a sharp decline in 
weight and blood pressure, with many vomiting or urinating blood and 
experiencing skin diseases. 10 prisoners have been transferred to the 
Soroka hospital in the past two days said Palestinian lawyer Yousef 
Nasasreh <http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=908733>, following his 
meeting with hunger striker Amjad Abu Latifa.  Hunger-striking prisoner 
Nasser Abu Hmeid said that Ashkelon prison 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=908645> has been “turned into a 
field hospital,” shortly before an announcement that many Palestinian 
prisoners would shortly be transferred to civilian hospitals.

The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission demanded on Tuesday that the 
International Committee of the Red Cross reveal the current situation 
and condition of hunger-striking imprisoned leaderMarwan Barghouthi 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/6846>, who is held in solitary confinement in 
Jalameh prison and is currently being denied legal visits. The ICRC met 
Barghouthi briefly once before his one legal visit, but did not disclose 
information about his condition publicly. Numerous Palestinian activists 
andfamilies of the prisoners have been sharply critical of the ICRC 
performance during the hunger strike, particularly noting that one of 
the prisoners’ demands is for the restoration of the second monthly 
family visit cut by the ICRC due to “budget cuts” in 2016.

200 more strikers joined the strike <http://asravoice.ps/post/6827> on 
Sunday from prisoners held in Ramon, Eshel and Nafha prisons. The 
strikers’ demands 
focus on basic human rights: an end to the denial of family visits, 
proper medical care and treatment, the right to access distance higher 
education and an end to solitary confinement and administrative 
detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.  Leaders of the hunger 
strike include Barghouthi, imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad 
Sa’adat, longest-held Palestinian prisoners Nael Barghouthi and Karim 
Younes, and fellow imprisoned leaders Anas Jaradat, Abbas Sayyed, Hassan 
Salameh, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh and others.

Hunger striking prisoner Ayed Dudeen joined the strike on 4 May with 
other prominent leaders and is held in administrative detention without 
charge or trial, which is indefinitely renewable. Prior to launching his 
strike, he had been ordered to another 4 months in administrative 
detention; his family reported that an additional 2 months were now 
added to his sentence 
<http://asrapal.net/index.php?action=detail&id=9223> as punishment for 
participating in the collective hunger strikes.

Palestinian lawyer Jawad Boulos 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=908641>reported on Monday, 22 
May that the prison administration has created a list of 30 prisoners, 
and if a lawyer visits one of these 30 strikers, he will not be allowed 
to visit the others. Boulos met with striking prisoner Nasser Oweis, 
held in isolation in Ayalon Ramle with strike leaders including Haitham 
Hamdan, Ziad Zahran, William Khatib, Samer Ghaith, Ibrahim Hamed, Marwan 
Fararjeh, Louay al-Mansi, Kamil Abu Hanish, Khalil Shilo and 
Abdel-Rahman Abu Houli. He reported that the strikers are all 
experiencing severe health deterioration and that Oweis had lost 17 kg 
(35 pounds) so far on his hunger strike; however, Oweis told Boulous 
that “we are more determined than ever to continue our struggle until 
victory.” At the same time, Boulos was denied access to hunger-striking 
prisoner Samer Issawi, held in the Ramle prison clinic.

On Monday, 22 May, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and 
the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a joint 
statement <http://asravoice.ps/post/6844> warning of any attempts to 
circumvent or undermine the prisoners’ strike in an attempt to break the 
prisoners’ movement, the backbone of confrontation of the occupation and 
all projects that aim to undermine Palestinian rights and freedom. They 
particularly warned of schemes associated with the visit of U.S. 
President Donald Trump to the region, urging sharp confrontation of 
Trump and the U.S. role in Palestine.

At the same time, the Committee to Support the Dignity Strike emphasized 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/6840> that there have been no serious 
negotiations to the present time and that reports that a deal is close 
are “deceiving and misleading” and meant to undermine popular and 
official solidarity with the strike.

On Monday, 22 May,Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/6828> engaged in a strike in support of the 
prisoners’ strike, closing schools, universities, shops, markets, and 
government institutions.At least 20 Palestinians were shot and injured 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777224> by Israeli occupation 
forces as they attacked and violently suppressed rallies for the prisoners.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, 23 May, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=908727> took to the streets in 
a protest declaring Trump not welcome in Palestine, dedicated to the 
prisoners on their 37th day of hunger strike. Marchers denounced Trump 
and the U.S. role in the region and demanded freedom for Palestinian 

International actions also continued in support of the prisoners, as 
students and others in the United States participated in a one-day 
hunger strike and action under the banner of #DignityStrike36 
<https://www.facebook.com/DignityStrike36/>, and the US Palestinian 
Community Network called 
for a week of action across the U.S.  Solidarity hunger strikes will 
continue today, and an international solidarity hunger strike 
is growing for Thursday, 25 May, as well as a one-day hunger strike 
throughout Ireland on 24 May. Events are being organized in 
New York, Washington, San Francisco, Houston, Cagliari, Milan, Choisy, 
Marseille, Paris, Lyon, Albertville, Nimes, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier, 
Brussels, Berlin, Victoria, Portadown, County Kildare, Dublin, Belfast, 
Stuttgart, London and more.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all supporters 
of Palestine to continue to mobilize, demonstrate and organize in public 
squares, government offices and outside Israeli embassies, as the 
prisoners have urged. We also urge participation in the urgent call to 
action to pressure 
the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take a real stand 
and end its complicity in the violation of Palestinian prisoners’ 
rights. Take Action: *

1) *Organize or join an event in support of the hunger strikers.* 
Protest outside your local Israeli embassy, consulate or mission, or at 
a public square or government building. You can drop a banner or put up 
a table to support the prisoners and their strike. See the list of 
current international events here 
and add your own: *send your events and actions to us at 
samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>, on Facebook 
<https://www.facebook.com/SamidounPrisonerSolidarity/?fref=ts>, or use 
the form to tell us about your actions 

2) *Hunger Strike for Justice!* Join the Palestinian hunger strikers to 
support their demands with a symbolic one-day hunger strike in your 
community or on your campus. Tell us about your solidarity strike at 
samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>, on Facebook 
<https://www.facebook.com/SamidounPrisonerSolidarity/?fref=ts>, or use 
the form <https://goo.gl/forms/AAp4EXsPOM6xQ16p1>.

3)*Call your government officials and demand action. *Call your foreign 
affairs officials – and members of parliament – and urge action for the 
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

Call your country’s officials urgently:

  * Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: + 61 2 6277 7500
  * Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
  * European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
  * New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
  * United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
  * United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

Tell your government: Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike for 
their basic human rights – for family visits, medical care, and freedom 
from imprisonment without charge or trial. Governments must pressure 
Israel to recognize the prisoners’ demands!

4)*Take action on social media! *Support the hunger strike on social 
Post a picture of yourself with a sign saying you support the 
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike! Include the hashtag 
#DignityStrike when posting your photo to Facebook or Twitter. Share and 
re-share information about the strike with the #DignityStrike hashtag.

5)* Build the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign!* Join the BDS 
Movement <http://bdsmovement.net/> to highlight the complicity of 
corporations like Hewlett-Packard <https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp> 
and the continuing involvement of G4S 
in Israeli policing and prisons. Build a campaign to boycott Israeli 
goods, impose a military embargo on Israel, or organize around the 
academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

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