[Pnews] 52 days of hunger strike for Palestinian Prisoner Huzaifa Halabiya: Call to Action 22 August

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Wed Aug 21 13:47:42 EDT 2019


  52 days of hunger strike for Huzaifa Halabiya: Call to Action 22 August

21 August 2019
/New cartoon to support Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, by 
Carlos Latuff/

As Palestinian prisoner Huzaifa Halabiya 
exceeds 52 days of hunger strike against his imprisonment by the Israeli 
occupation without charge or trial, the prisoners’ movement is urging 
people to take to the streets on 22 August to stand with Palestinian 
prisoners fighting for freedom. In a statement, Palestinian prisoners 
called on people to rally in front of the Ofer prison, emphasizing that 
the Palestinian people “will not stand idly by and accept the continued 
suffering of the striking administrative detainees.”

The statement also “called on all in the West Bank 
<http://hadfnews.ps/post/58550/>, Jerusalem, Gaza, occupied Palestine 
’48 and in the refugee camps in diaspora to confirm together that we are 
fighting one battle, the battle of freedom and victory.”

The Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of 
Palestineissued a call to participate <http://hadfnews.ps/post/58526/> 
in these actions in cities, camps and villages throughout occupied 
Palestine. It also urged “activating all forms of Arab and international 
support and solidarity with the prisoners, especially the administrative 
prisoners who are engaged in an open-ended hunger strike.” The statement 
also called for bringing Gilad Erdan 
the Minister of Public Security, and other Israeli officials to be 
brought before “popular tribuals and international courts for their 
crimes against the prisoners and the Palestinian people as a whole.”

The statement also demanded that “The International Committee of the Red 
Cross and other concerned international bodies must take up their 
responsibilities to the prisoners. These institutions cannot be silent 
on the crimes against the prisoners.”

*Huzaifa Halabiya*, from Abu Dis in Jerusalem, has been jailed without 
charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention since 10 June 
2018. He launched his hunger strike on 1 July 
<http://hadfnews.ps/post/58505/> to demand his freedom from detention. 
His health is precarious, especially given that he requires specialized 
medical care. He is a leukemia survivor and suffered severe burns as a 
child over the majority of his body. When he was arrested by occupation 
forces, his wife was pregnant; today, he is the father of a 
six-month-old daughter, Majdal, who he has been denied the ability to meet.

He is joined on hunger strike by *Ahmad Ghannam*, who has gone without 
food for 39 days. He is also a leukemia survivor held without charge or 
trial under administrative detention. From Dura near al-Khalil, he is 
married with two children. *Sultan Khallouf*, from the village of Burqin 
near Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 35 days. He was arrested on 8 
July and launched his strike immediately after occupation authorities 
announced that he would be transferred to administrative detention.

*Ismail Ali*, also from Abu Dis in Jerusalem, has been jailed without 
charge or trial since January 2019; he launched his strike 29 days ago 
to demand an end to his administrative detention. He was jailed in the 
past for seven years by the Israeli occupation. *Wajdi al-Awawdeh*, 20, 
has been held under administrative detention since April 2018, and has 
now been on hunger strike for 24 days.

*Tareq Qa’adan*, a prominent leader in Jenin and a former prisoner who 
spent 11 years in Israeli jails, launched his hunger strike 20 days ago. 
He was transferred to administrative detention instead of being released 
at the end of his sentence.

Two more prisoners have joined the strike: *Nasser al-Jada*, who has 
been on hunger strike for 15 days, and *Thaer Hamdan*, who has been on 
strike for 10 days. All are held without charge or trial under 
administrative detention.

Administrative detention was first introduced to Palestine under the 
British colonial mandate and was then adopted by the Zionist state. 
Palestinians can be jailed for up to six months at a time under each 
administrative detention order, without charge or trial. These orders 
are indefinitely renewable, so Palestinians spend years at a time jailed 
under administrative detention. There are approximately 500 
administrative detainees among the over 5000 Palestinian political 
prisoners in Israeli jails, and the end of administrative detention is a 
major demand of the prisoners’ movement.

The administrative detainees are not alone. Almost 50 fellow prisoners 
have launched solidarity strikes 
in order to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to accede to the 
strikers’ demands. More prisoners are vowing to join the battle in the 
coming days.

The strikers have been repeatedly transferred from prison to prison, 
thrown in isolation and deprived of sleep in an attempt to break their 
strikes. Their health conditions have deteriorated severely. Halabiya is 
vomiting water, suffers severe pain throughout his body and must rely on 
a wheelchair to move. Ahmad Ghannam has lost at least 17 kilograms (35 
pounds), has difficulty breathing and an elevated heart rate. Addameer 
lawyers visited Ismail Ali 
on 20 August and reported that he has lost 14 kilos (29 pounds) and 
suffers severe joint pains and yellow hands and feet.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all supporters 
and friends of Palestine everywhere around the world to stand with these 
courageous prisoners who have put their lives on the line to seek 
freedom and an end to the unjust system of administrative detention. 
International solidarity can play an important role in supporting their 
struggle, and Palestinian prisoners are calling for our actions. All of 
our participation, protests and petitions can play a role in helping 
them to seize victory for justice and freedom. *

*On 22 August, please share your support of the Palestinian prisoners! 
Take part in an event or print the cartoon of Carlos Latuff (above) in 
support of the prisoners and share your photo on social media.*

*Take Action:*

*1) Organize or join an event or protest for the Palestinian prisoners. 
*You can organize an info table, rally, solidarity hunger strike, 
protest or action to support the prisoners. If you are already holding 
an event about Palestine or social justice, include solidarity with the 
prisoners as part of your action. Send your events and reports to 
samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>.

*2) Write letters and make phone calls to protest the violation of 
Palestinian prisoners’ rights.* Demand your government take action to 
stop supporting Israeli occupation or to pressure the Israeli state to 
end the policies of repression of Palestinian political prisoners. In 
particular, demand that your political officials put pressure on Israel 
to end the policy of administrative detention, the imprisonment of 
Palestinians without charge or trial.

Call during your country’s regular office hours:

• Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne: + 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 Winston Peters: +64 4 439 8000
• United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt: +44 20 7008 1500
• United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

*3) Boycott, Divest and Sanction. *Join the BDS campaign to highlight 
the complicity of corporations like Hewlett-Packard 
<https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp> and the continuing involvement of 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/12/g4s-sells-off-bulk-of-its-israeli-business-including-prison-operations-in-major-achievement-for-global-boycott-struggle/> 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. Learn more about the BDS campaign at 
bdsmovement.net <http://bdsmovement.net/>.

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