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        <h1 id="reader-title">Former hunger striker, journalist Mohammed
          al-Qeeq among 20 Palestinians seized by Israeli occupation
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        <div id="reader-credits" class="credits">January 16, 2016<br>
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              <p>Israeli <a href="http://asravoice.ps/post/5161">occupation
                  forces seized</a> <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/02/members-of-european-parliament-demand-freedom-for-mohammed-al-qeeq/">Mohammed
                  al-Qeeq</a>, 34, Palestinian journalist and former
                long-term hunger striker, on the evening of Sunday, 15
                January at the Beit El checkpoint north of Ramallah.
                Fayha Shalash, al-Qeeq’s wife, said that the occupation
                forces delayed and detained a number of families of
                Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and
                former prisoners at the checkpoint as they came from
                participating in a demonstration in Bethlehem for the
                return of the bodies of the martyrs held captive by the
                Israeli occupation.</p>
              <p>Most were released after around 45 minutes, but al-Qeeq
                was separated from the others, arrested and transferred
                inside the Beit El settlement and its interrogation
                center, Shalash told Asra Voice. She also said that he
                had stated his intention to begin an open hunger strike
                if he was seized by occupation forces. Al-Qeeq remains
                imprisoned now in an unknown location.</p>
              <p><a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/02/mohammed-al-qeeq-suspends-hunger-strike-in-agreement-after-94-days/">Al-Qeeq
                  engaged in a 94-day hunger strike</a> against his
                administrative detention without charge or trial,
                winning his <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/05/mohammed-al-qeeq-former-hunger-striker-and-palestinian-journalist-released-from-israeli-prison/">release
                  in May 2016</a>. He has continued to be a visible
                leader and participant in defending Palestinian
                prisoners and demanding their freedom.  Al-Qeeq is one
                of over <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2017/01/2016-prisoners-summary-report-6440-palestinians-arrested-through-the-year/">20
                  Palestinian journalists</a> currently imprisoned by
                the Israeli occupation, including <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/12/omar-nazzal-and-adib-al-atrash-palestinian-journalists-ordered-to-further-imprisonment-without-charge-or-trial/">Omar
                  Nazzal</a>, member of the General Secretariat of the
                Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, held in
                administrative detention without charge or trial.</p>
              <p>Fellow long-term hunger striker and former Palestinian
                prisoner <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/07/khader-adnan-qa-it-is-possible-to-break-the-israeli-occupation/">Khader
                  Adnan</a> spoke <a
                  href="http://asravoice.ps/post/5162">in response to
                  the</a> arrest of al-Qeeq, calling for the escalation
                of actions and calls at all levels against the ongoing
                attacks by the occupation against released prisoners and
                the suppression of the prisoners inside the prisons.</p>
              <p>The seizure of al-Qeeq came among the arrest of 20
                Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces on late Sunday
                or early Monday morning, most in the Ramallah area.
                Among those arrested was <a
                  href="http://asrapal.net/index.php?action=detail&id=8946">Palestinian
                  Legislative Council member Ahmed Mubarak</a>.
                Mubarak’s seizure by occupation forces brings the total
                of PLC members currently in Israeli prison to 7; he
                joins PFLP General Secretary <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2017/01/events-around-the-world-for-days-of-action-for-ahmad-saadat-and-palestinian-prisoners-13-15-january/">Ahmad
                  Sa’adat</a>; Fateh leader <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/06/free-marwan-barghouthi-banner-returns-to-paris-area-city-hall-after-legal-victory/">Marwan
                  Barghouti</a>; <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/12/palestinian-parliamentarian-ordered-to-17-months-israeli-imprisonment/">Mohammed
                  Abu Teir</a>, exiled Jerusalemite PLC member; and <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/palestinian-parliamentarian-hassan-yousef-ordered-to-six-more-months-administrative-detention/">Hassan
                  Yousef</a>, <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/09/former-palestinian-minister-of-detainees-affairs-sentenced-to-israeli-prison-plc-member-natsheh-among-43-arrested-by-occupation-forces/">Mohammed
                  Jamal Natsheh</a> and <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/12/27-more-administrative-detention-orders-issued-against-palestinian-prisoners/">Azzam
                  Salhab</a>, all held in administative detention
                without charge or trial.</p>
              <p><a
                  href="http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=886853">Also
                  arrested in this series of raids</a> were writer Walid
                Hodali of el-Bireh, Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Saba from
                Beitunia, Sheikh Falah Abu al-Taher of el-Bireh, Omar
                Barghouthi from Deir Ghassaneh, Mohammed al-Barghouthi
                of Bani Zeid, Mohammed Qar’an from Beitunia. Former
                prisoners Shuja’a Darwish of Birzeit and Jihad Karajeh
                of Saffa were also seized, as were Mohammed Dahlah and
                Yousef Alayan of Budrus, Louay Nazir of Kobar and Saeb
                Fahmi Abu Salem of Rantis. In Beit Ummar near al-Khalil,
                Abdel Nasser Abu Maria, 18, a former prisoner, was
                seized by occupation forces, blindfolded and taken to an
                unknown destination.</p>
              <p><strong>Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity
                  Network demands the immediate release of Mohammed
                  al-Qeeq and urges international action and pressure
                  for his freedom and that of his fellow Palestinian
                  prisoners, including imprisoned Palestinian
                  journalists.</strong></p>
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