[Pnews] Four Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for freedom

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Mon Oct 30 18:26:37 EDT 2017


  Four Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for freedom

October 30, 2017

Several Palestinian prisoners are continuing their hunger strikes 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/8256/> for freedom as of Monday, 30 October. 
Hassan Shokeh 
29, of Bethlehem, has been on hunger strike for 20 days against his 
imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention.

Shokeh was detained by occupation forces on 29 September, less than a 
month after he was released from his prior imprisonment on 31 August. He 
has spent several years in Israeli prison under administrative detention 
and on charges of membership in Islamic Jihad.

Bilal Diab 
32, from Kafr Ra’i near Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 14 days 
against his own administrative detention without charge or trial. Jailed 
since 14 July, Diab has been repeatedly seized by the Israeli 
occupation. He conducted a 78-day hunger strike 
alongside fellow detainee Thaer Halahleh in 2012 to win his freedom. His 
strike was sparked after his appeal for his freedom was denied on 17 
October; the next hearing in his case is scheduled on 30 November.

In addition, reports were released in the past day that a third prisoner 
has also been on hunger strike for 14 days, Hamza Marwan Bouzia, 27, of 
Kifl Hares near Salfit. A former prisoner who served over seven years in 
Israeli prisons, he has also been subject to re-arrest by occupation 
forces and ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial.

Also joining the hunger strike is Mosab Said, 28, from Bir Zeit, on 
hunger strike demanding his return to Megiddo prison after he was 
transferred; he launched a hunger strike five days ago, after Israeli 
occupation authorities violated an agreement to transfer him. He has 
been detained since 12 March and is a journalist and media activist as 
well as a former prisoner.

Palestinian lawyer Karim Ajwa 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=927604> warned about the 
deterioration of Diab’s health after a visit with the striking prisoner, 
held in isolation in Ashkelon prison. Diab is suffering from abdominal 
pain, joint pain and pain in his ear and head; he is refusing medical 
examinations by his jailers. He also told his lawyer that he was 
transferred on Sunday from one cell to another with worse conditions: a 
wet, torn mattress with one blanket, a constant fan on the door that 
blows despite the cold, and filthy conditions. He also noted that there 
are daily “inspections” in which guards repeatedly invade the cell in 
order to put more pressure on his strike. Ajwa confirmed that Diab is 
dedicated to continuing his hunger strike to win his freedom.

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