The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPPS) reported, Thursday, that detainee Hasan Safady was moved to the Assaf Harofeh Israeli hospital after his health condition witnessed a sharp deterioration following 85 days of continuous hunger strike.Amani Sarahna, spokesperson of the PPS, stated that the health condition of Safady is dangerously deteriorating, and added that the Prison Administration called his lawyer after he refused to talk vitamins and even liquids.

She added that Sarahna agreed, on Thursday, to take liquids, but refused medications and vitamins.

Safady was kidnapped by the army more than six months ago, and was placed under solitary confinement without any charges. He also participated in the previous massive hunger strike conducted by the detainees in July this year, and Israel promised to release him when his six-month administrative detention order ends.

But when the order expired, the Israeli Authorities issued four additional months of Administrative detention instead of releasing him as promised.

He is one of four Palestinian political prisoners who are currently holding open-ended hunger strikes; one of them is identified as Samer Al-Barq, 38; he also holds Jordanian citizenship and is married to a woman from Pakistan. He has been held under administrative detention orders, without charges or trial, since more than 18 months.

The PPS said that Al-Barq started his hunger strike more than 100 days ago, and that he only takes vitamins and drinks water.

Detainees Ayman Sharawna and Samer Al-Eesawy started their hunger strike more than 40 days ago; they were both released under the Shalit prisoner swap deal, but the army rearrested them and placed them under Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

Ending the illegal Administrative detention policies was one of the conditions that led to an agreement between the detained leaders and the Israeli Prison Administration back in May this year, ending the massive hunger strike that was held by thousands of detainees demanding an end to all violations against them and their visiting family members.

Earlier in June, Israel released Palestinian detainee Thaer Halahla, 32, ending his illegal Administrative Detention, without charges or trial, starting when he was kidnapped by the army on June 26, 2010. Halahla was released after conducting 79 of hunger strike.

There are 250 Palestinians who are currently imprisoned under administrative detention orders, without charges or trial.

Palestinian researcher and former political prisoners, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, reported last month that Israel is currently holding captive 4550 Palestinians, held in 17 prisons, detention and interrogation centers, and added that 220 Palestinian children are still imprisoned by Israel. Israel soldiers conduct arrests in the occupied territories nearly on a daily basis.

The ongoing violations against the detainees do not only violate International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, but also violate Israel’s own vows to end these violations.


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