[Pnews] Seven Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike against administrative detention

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Mon Jul 22 12:43:08 EDT 2019


  Seven Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike against
  administrative detention despite deteriorating health

July 22, 2019

Seven Palestinian prisoners are continuing their open hunger strikes 
against Israeli administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or 
trial, despite intensified repression and worsening health situations. 
In particular, Jafar Ezzedine 
and Huzaifa Halabiya 
are suffering from serious health problems after 37 and 22 days of 
hunger strike, respectively.

The seven prisoners currently on hunger strike are:

  * Jafar Ezzedine, on hunger strike for 37 days
  * Ahmad Zahran, on hunger strike for 30 days
  * Mohammed Abu Aker, on hunger strike for 22 days
  * Mustafa Hasanat, on hunger strike for 22 days
  * Huzaifa Halabiya, on hunger strike for 22 days
  * Hassan al-Zaghari, on hunger strike for 14 days
  * Sultan Khalaf, on hunger strike for 5 days

Halabiya, 28, from Abu Dis near Jerusalem, is on strike to protest his 
imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative 
detention. He suffered burns over 60% of his body in childhood and is a 
leukemia survivor with heart and liver problems. He is being held in the 
Ela detention center <http://asravoice.ps/post/12457> in isolation, 
where he was transferred in retaliation for his hunger strike.

Ezzedine, 48, has been on hunger strike for 37 days after he was 
arbitrarily transferred to administrative detention after completing a 
five-month prison sentence on 16 June 2019. He is being held at the 
Ramleh prison clinic after losing over 22 kg (45 pounds) of weight 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/12445/> and suffering from dizziness, weakness 
and severe headaches. He has carried out several long-term hunger 
strikes in the past while held in administrative detention. He suffers 
from severe and persistent insomnia <http://asramedia.ps/post/9416/> and 
vomiting of stomach acids.

All of the strikers have been subjected to serious repression and 
retaliation for their hunger strikes, including denial of family visits, 
transfer from one prison to another, a particularly harsh situation for 
prisoners not receiving nutrients, and solitary confinement and 
isolation. The strikers face round-the-clock harassment, room invasions 
and loud noises from prison guards as a form of sleep deprivation. Abu 
Aker was tranferred to isolation in Ashkelon prison while Mustafa 
Hasanat was transferred to isolation in Ohli Kedar prison. Halabiya, Abu 
Aker and Hasanat were alltransferred one day before 
<http://hadfnews.ps/post/57437> their lawyers’ scheduled visits, 
preventing them from meeting with their lawyers.

Jafar Ezzedine has been detained since 30 January 2019 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/12436/>. Sentenced to a five-month prison 
sentence by an Israeli military court, he was instead transferred to 
imprisonment without charge or trial under administrative detention on 
the day of his announced release. He has carried out three previous 
long-term hunger strikes. He is married and the father of eight children.

Ahmad Zahran, 42, from Deir Abu Mashal village near Ramallah, has spent 
a total of 15 years in Israeli prison; he has been jailed without charge 
or trial under administrative detention since March 2019 and is held in 
the Ramla prison clinic. He is married and the father of four children.

Mohammed Abu Aker, 24, from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, is a 
former prisoner, student activist and organizer in the camp. He has been 
jailed without charge or trial since 1 November 2018; he is the son of 
Nidal Abu Aker, who has himself frequently been jailed under 
administrative detention.

Mustafa Hassanat, 21, from Dheisheh refugee camp, has been jailed 
without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation since 5 June 2018. He 
is also a youth activist and organizer in Dheisheh camp.

Huzaifa Halabiya has been jailed without charge or trial since 10 June 
2018 despite a need for serious health treatment and follow-ups 
following his cancer treatment.

Hasan al-Zaghari, from Dheisheh camp, was also scheduled to be released 
after completing a seven-month prison sentence. Instead, he was ordered 
jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention on the day 
of his release. He is being held in isolation in Ofer prison.

Sultan Khalaf, 38, from Burqin near Jenin, was ordered to administrative 
detention <https://alasra.ps/ar/index.php?act=post&id=34060> on 18 July 
2019. He immediately launched an open-ended hunger strike to reject his 
imprisonment with no charge or trial on the basis of so-called “secret 
evidence.” He was arrested by occupation forces on 8 July and is a 
former prisoner who spent four years in Israeli prisons. He is married.

Several other administrative detainees, including Ihsan Othman, Fidaa 
and Jamal Tawil, suspended their hunger strikes after reaching 
agreements to end their imprisonment without charge or trial.

Lawyers from Addameer 
visited Ezzedine and Zahran at the Ramle prison clinic on 17 July. Both 
noted that immediately after announcing their hunger strikes, they were 
transferred to filthy, humid cells in the summer heat and subjected to 
ongoing invasions by prison guards, especially at night. Addameer 
lawyers were scheduled to meet with Abu Aker, Halabiya and Hasanat but 
were prevented from doing so due to the sudden transfers to isolation 
imposed on the three hunger strikers.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all 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 help them win their struggles, 
so all of our participation, protests, petitions and phone calls can 
play a role in helping them to seize victory for justice and freedom.*

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