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        <h1 id="reader-title">Palestinian hunger striker’s appeal
          rejected; journalist on 53rd day of strike</h1>
        <div id="reader-credits" class="credits">January 17, 2016</div>
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              <p>Two Palestinian prisoners held in administrative
                detention without charge or trial are continuing their
                hunger strikes despite serious threats to their health:
                <strong>Mohammed al-Qeeq</strong>, 33, is now on his
                53rd day of hunger strike and <strong>Hassan Shokah,</strong>
                27, is now on his 35th day of strike.</p>
              <p>Journalist Al-Qeeq, a correspondent for Al-Majd
                channel, has entered in and out of consciousness in the
                past several days.</p>
              <p>On 16 January, the Ofer military court <a
                  target="_blank"
href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/hunger-striking-palestinian-reporter-appeal-rejected-160117045853138.html">rejected
                  an appeal by Al-Qeeq</a> against his imprisonment
                without charge. Issa Qaraqe, chair of the Palestinian
                Detainees’ Affairs Committee, said that this underlines
                the military courts’ responsibility for Al-Qeeq’s
                dangerous health situation and that the court was acting
                out of “revenge” against Al-Qeeq for his hunger strike,
                noting that the military courts serve only to present a
                legal facade for Israeli intelligence and military
                repression.</p>
              <p><a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/01/take-action-50-days-of-hunger-strike-for-palestinian-journalist-mohammed-al-qeeq/">He
                  is held in Afula hospital</a>, where he is shackled to
                his hospital bed and is facing increasing physical
                danger after 53 days of strike. On Friday, Palestinian
                citizens of Israel organized a protest outside Afula
                hospital calling for Al-Qeeq’s release.</p>
              <p>Doctors at Afula hospital delivered intravenous
                nutrients against Al-Qeeq’s objection; when he regained
                consciousness he removed the intravenous tube, rejecting
                any form of nutrients or forced feeding. He has
                previously been arrested three times and served over two
                years in Israeli occupation prisons.</p>
              <p>Shokah, 27, has also been held multiple times in
                administrative detention without charge or trial. He is
                being held in isolation in Jalameh prison, imprisoned
                arbitrarily via military order since 16 September 2015.
                He was denied winter clothing when transferred in a cold
                metal van to Jalameh and then was denied winter blankets
                within the prison.</p>
              <p>Information contributed by Reham Alhelsi of <a
                  target="_blank"
                  href="http://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com">A
                  Voice from Palestine</a>.</p>
              <p><strong>Take Action to support the Hunger Strikers:</strong></p>
              <p><strong>1. Protest at the <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel">Israeli
                    consulate or embassy in your area.</a></strong>
                 Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention
                and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or
                join a protest with this important information. Hold a
                community event or discussion, or include this issue in
                your next event about Palestine and social
                justice. Please email us at<a target="_blank"
                  href="mailto:samidoun@samidoun.net">samidoun@samidoun.net</a>
                to inform us of your action – we will publicize and
                share news with the prisoners. <strong><a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/01/22-january-nyc-protest-to-free-mohammed-al-qeeq-and-all-palestinian-prisoners/">Join
                    our protest in New York City on January 22.</a></strong></p>
              <p><strong>2. Contact political officials in your country
                  – members of Parliament or Congress, or the
                  Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State</strong>
                – and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel
                on the basis of its apartheid practices, its practice of
                colonialism, and its numerous violations of Palestinian
                rights including the systematic practice of
                administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to
                free the hunger strikers and end administrative
                detention.</p>
              <p><strong>2. Boycott, Divest and Sanction.</strong> Hold
                Israel accountable for its violations of international
                law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end
                investments in corporations that profit from the
                occupation. <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/08/stop-g4s-a-call-to-the-global-boycott-movement-from-palestinian-political-prisoners/">G4S,
                  a global security corporation,</a> is heavily involved
                in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail
                Palestinian political prisoners – there is a <a
                  href="http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s">global
                  call to boycott it</a>. <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/08/stop-g4s-a-call-to-the-global-boycott-movement-from-palestinian-political-prisoners/"><strong>Palestinian
                    political prisoners have issued a specific call
                    urging action on G4S</strong>.</a> Learn more about
                BDS at <a target="_blank" href="http://bdsmovement.net/">bdsmovement.net</a>.</p>
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