Head of the Legal Unit at the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Jawad Boulos, stated on Monday evening that hunger striking detainee, Samer Al-Barq, was moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the Israeli Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, after suffering a sharp deterioration in his health condition.Boulos said that Al-Barq suffered a sharp decrease in his blood sugar level, and that his general health condition is gradually collapsing.
He further stated the Prison Administration, and the staff of the Ramla Prison Clinic, had to move Al-Barq by ambulance to Assaf Harofeh due to the seriousness of his health condition especially since the latest collapse in Al-Barq’s health condition took place shortly after he slightly recovered from a serious health complication.
Furthermore, hunger striking detainee, Hasan Safady, is also in a serious health condition at the Assaf Harofeh Hospital. Safady has been on hunger strike since June 21st; he resumed his hunger strike when he was not released as promised.
The PPS held Israel responsible for the lives of the hunger striking detainees, and all detainees imprisoned in its different prisons and interrogation centers, as Tel Aviv continues to impose harsh restrictions on the detainees, and continues its violations against them despite its continuous vows to improve the their living conditions, and to end the illegal Administrative detention policies that allow it to imprison political prisoners without charges or trial for extended periods.
Last Thursday, 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.
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. The agreement also included an end to all violations practiced against the detainees and their visiting family members. Israel backed out on most of it promises an issue that pushed dozens of detainees to resume their strike.
On Thursday, August 9, Palestinian political prisoner, Bilal Thiab was released after Israel ended his Administrative Detention as part of an agreement that followed 79 days of ongoing hunger strike.
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 a 79-day hunger strike.
Back in April, Adnan Khader, a leader of the Islamic Jihad who went on hunger-strike for 66 consecutive days demanding an end to his illegal detention without charges or trial, was released by the Israeli Prison Authorities.
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.
Detainees held under Administrative Detention are imprisoned under direct military orders usually for 3, 4 or 6 months; Israel usually renews these orders days, hours or even minutes before the detainees are supposed to be released.