Palestinian Detainees on 47th Day of Hunger Strike, Shackled to Hospital Beds

11 Nov
4:00 AM

via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Palestinian hunger striker Ahmad Abu Fara, 29, is facing a critical health situation after 47 days of hunger strike. Held shackled to his hospital bed in Assaf Harofeh hospital, he has developed a problem pumping blood from his heart. Abu Fara is on hunger strike alongside Anas Shadid, aged 19. Both have refused food since 25 September, in protest of their administrative detention (imprisonment without charge or trial) and are demanding their immediate release.

Mohja Al-Quds reported that his condition is very dangerous, and that he suffers from severe pain in his chest and abdomen. He has blurred vision and difficulty speaking. He continues to refuse medical tests and supplements despite increased pressure on him to end his strike.  Also on 9 November, the Israeli military appeals court postponed a decision on Abu Fara’s appeal against his administrative detention, requiring a comprehensive medical report to be submitted by 14 November.

Shadid is also suffering intense pain; he has had major migraine headaches as a result of the hunger strike as well as persistent dizziness and weakness. He has severely blurred vision and can speak now only with great difficulty. Shadid is also held shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed in Assaf Harofeh hospital.

Abu Fara and Shadid have been imprisoned without charge or trial since the beginning of August. Abu Fara hails from the village of Surif near al-Khalil, while Shadid comes from Dura village.

Meanwhile, former hunger striker and administrative detainee Fouad Assi was released on 9 November, after 14 months in Israeli prison without charge or trial. He engaged in a hunger strike for 54 days which ended in the agreement for his release, yesterday.  Upon his release, Assi, aged 30, told Asra Voice that Palestinian sick prisoners face very difficult conditions due to medical neglect, urging united Palestinian action for their release.

Abu Fara and Shadid are among 700 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention. Administrative detention orders are issued for one to six month periods on the basis of “secret evidence”, and are indefinitely renewable. Some Palestinians have spent years at a time imprisoned under administrative detention. From just 1 November to 9 November, 50 administrative detention orders, including 16 new orders, were issued by the Israeli military occupation.

(Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org)

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