[Pnews] Palestinians jailed by Israel refuse food for weeks

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Tue Sep 3 11:16:31 EDT 2019


  Palestinians jailed by Israel refuse food for weeks

Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 2 
September 2019


Huthaifa Halabiya hasn’t eaten in more than 60 days.

Halabiya, 28, from the Palestinian village of Abu Dis 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/abu-dis> near Jerusalem, has been 
in Israeli prisons without charge or trial since 10 June 2018.

This is his fourth 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2459544114110273> detention since 
2013, but the first administrative one.

    يدخل الأسير حذيفة حلبية يومه الـ(60) في إضرابه المفتوح عن الطعام،
    رفضًا لاعتقاله الإداري، وسط تخوفات كبيرة على حياته، جراء الحالة
    الصحية الخطيرة التي وصل لها، في الوقت الذي ترفض سلطات الاحتلال
    الاستجابة لمطلبه بإنهاء اعتقاله. pic.twitter.com/PTbVuOMoZ6

    — المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام (@PalinfoAr) August 29, 2019

He is one of eight Palestinian prisoners who have been refusing food for 
weeks in protest of their administrative detention 

Administrative detention orders are typically issued for six-month 
periods, but can be renewed indefinitely.

Under such orders, Israeli occupation forces hold individuals without 
charge or trial and detainees are not allowed to see evidence against them.

This Israeli practice is a direct continuation of British colonial rule 
and may constitute 
a war crime.

Israel is currently holding 460 <http://www.addameer.org/statistics> 
Palestinians in administrative detention.

    Two months without food

Halabiya told his lawyers he will begin 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2459544114110273> refusing water 
this month to escalate his strike.

His wife was pregnant at the time of the arrest, and gave birth to their 
daughter, Majdal, while he was imprisoned.

Halabiya has had no contact with his family for most of his strike and 
imprisonment. He has also never met his daughter.

Held on the pretext of supposed secret evidence, Halabiya is denied by 
Israel any semblance of due process.

He was hospitalized in isolation at the Ramle prison clinic as his 
health began to deteriorate.

A lawyer from prisoners rights group Addameer 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer> visited Halabiya on 12 

The lawyer reported 
that he was “in a wheelchair with his hands and feet in chains despite 
his health condition.”

Halabiya told Addameer’s lawyer that Israeli special forces raided his 
cell during the second month of his hunger strike, vandalized it, 
harassed him, dumped his water and salt and threatened him to halt his 

Earlier, Halabiya told 
Addameer that he was harassed and provoked even by Israeli nurses in an 
effort to pressure him to end his strike.

Addameer called upon the International Committee of the Red Cross to 
pressure Israel to release Halabiya.

Leftist political party the Popular Front for the Liberation of 
Palestine said <https://handala.ps/post/2437> its representatives in 
Israel’s prisons are negotiating with prison authorities regarding 
Halabiya’s case.

But Halabiya is insisting he won’t halt his strike until his demands are 
met, the party said.

    Cancer survivors

Halabiya had health problems even before his strike.

Hesustained severe burns as a child and later developed leukemia, 
requiring regular follow up, according 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2459544114110273> to the 
Palestinian Prisoners Club.

Another leukemia survivor, Ahmad Ghannam, has been on hunger strike for 
more than 50 days 
<https://twitter.com/asranews/status/1168216183730003973> in protest of 
the renewal of his administrative detention.

    يواصل الأسير المريض أحمد غنام (42 عاماً) من مدينة دورا في محافظة
    الخليل، إضرابه المفتوح عن الطعام لليوم الـ49 على التوالي رفضًا
    لتجديد اعتقاله الإداري. pic.twitter.com/L9ZTTQq56X

    — المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام (@PalinfoAr) August 31, 2019

The 42-year-old father of two is from the Palestinian village of Dura 
near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Ghannam was also transferred to medical care following severe 
deterioration in his health.

His family said <http://asramedia.ps/post/9600> Ghannam can no longer 
stand up and has lost a lot of weight.

Israel has held Ghannam without charge or trial since 28 June. He 
previously spent nine years in Israeli prisons.

    Other hunger strikers

Palestinian prisoner Sultan Khallouf, 38, from the northern West Bank 
village of Burqin, near Jenin, has been refusing food for almost 50 
days, also against his administrative detention.

Ismail Ali, 30, another prisoner from Abu Dis, has been refusing food 
for some 40 days as well.

Palestinian prisoner Tariq Qaadan, 46, has been on hunger strike for 
more than 30 days.

Qaadan, from the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, spent 11 years in 
Israeli prisons, many under administrative detention.

Naser al-Jadaa, 30, has been on strike for more than 25 days.

During a rally to support al-Jadaa in his hometown of Burqin, veteran 
hunger striker 
Khader Adnan <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/khader-adnan> 
delivered a speech in solidarity with the prisoners.

    رسالة الأسير المضرب عن الطعام لليوم الـ26 على التوالي ناصر الجدع "
    30 عاماً " من بلدة برقين جنوب غرب #جنين
    ، يتلوها الأسير المحرر خضر عدنان .

    تصوير: محمد عتيق pic.twitter.com/AkBxaqYpff <https://t.co/AkBxaqYpff>

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) September 1, 2019

Palestinian prisoners Thaer Hamdan, 30, and Fadi al-Hurub, 27, haven’t 
eaten in more than 20 days.

Meanwhile, Wajdi Awawdeh suspended his hunger strike of more than 25 
days after Israeli prison authorities agreed to release him in February.

    عاجل | الأسير وجدي عاطف العواوده " 20 عاماً" من بلدة دورا قضاء
    يعلق اضرابه عن الطعام بعد اتفاق مع الاحتلال للافراج عنه بتاريخ
    2-2-2020 pic.twitter.com/3VljZZ2luv <https://t.co/3VljZZ2luv>

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) August 25, 2019

Awawdeh is also from Dura.

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