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  • Two Palestinian hunger strikers' lives in danger, court says

    The two men have refused food for two months. Israel's top court froze their administrative detention (imprisonment without charge or trial) until their health improves, but Ahmad Abu Farah and Anas Shahid say that's not enough. Two Palestinian men being held by Israel under administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, have reached a life-threatening stage in their hunger strikes. Ahmad Abu Farah, 29, and Anas Shadid, 20, have been on hunger strike for 61 and 58 days, respectively, in protest of being held without charge or trial. They are both hospitalized at Asaf Harofeh Medical Center in central Israel,…

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  • Three Palestinian prisoners reach deal to end hunger strikes

    Israel is holding the three men in prison without charge or trial. One of them was in immediate danger of death as a result of nearly 70 days on hunger strike. By Noam Rotem Three Palestinian men being held by Israel in administrative detention announced the end of their hunger strikes on Wednesday. The announcements followed negotiations with Israeli authorities, as a result of which their administrative detention orders will not be renewed or extended. One of the three, Malik al-Qadi, is expected to be released from custody on Thursday, and the brothers Mahmoud and Muhammad Balboul will be released on December…

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  • Palestinian hunger striker to remain handcuffed to hospital bed

    The Beersheba District Court also ruled that Bilal Kayed, who has been hunger striking for 58 days, will be prevented from seeing his doctor, citing 'adequate' treatment he receives at Ashkelon's Barzilai hospital. The Beersheba District Court decided in a precedent ruling that Bilal Kayed, a hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainee, would be prevented from seeing his doctor. [tmwinpost] The court also ruled that he would remain handcuffed to his bed, and accused Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the organization that represented him, that they petitioned in bad faith.  Kayed, 35, was jailed in 2002, during the second intifada, for attempted…

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  • Palestinian man serves full prison sentence — Israel refuses to release him

    Bilal Kayed was supposed to leave Israeli prison on June 13, after serving nearly 15 years behind bars. But on the day of his release, Israel decided to put him in administrative detention. By Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed should have been out of prison by now. But on the day of his release and despite serving close to 15 years behind bars, Israel's military authorities decided to put him in administrative detention for a period of six months. [tmwinpost] On Saturday dozens of Palestinians took part in a solidarity march with Kayed in the West Bank town of Asira…

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  • Palestinian journalist reaches deal to end 94-day hunger strike

    Israeli authorities promise to shorten Muhammad al-Qiq's administrative detention order, not renew it. Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad al-Qiq ended a 94-day hunger strike on Friday after his lawyers struck a deal with Israeli authorities. Al-Qiq, who has been in administrative detention since mid-December, will not be transferred to Al-Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem, as he had initially requested, but will remain in Israel's Emek Medical Center. However, his administrative detention order will not be renewed, with his lawyers managing to push the date of his release from June 21 to May 21. [tmwinpost] Al-Qiq, 33, from the West Bank village of Dura…

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  • 'Ethics c'tee mulls forcing treatment on hunger striking journalist'

    Palestinian reporter Muhammad al-Qiq has been on hunger strike for some 70 days in protest of his administrative detention — a tool Israeli authorities use to imprison people without charge or trial. Ethics committee considers treating him against his will. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem The medical ethics committee at Emek Medical Center reportedly met on Thursday to discuss forcefully administering medical treatment to hunger striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq. Israel passed a law last summer allowing the force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners under some conditions, something that directly contradicts established medical ethics and international conventions. It has never been used.…

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  • Hunger striking Palestinian journalist accuses hospital of forced treatment

    Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who began his hunger strike 60 days ago, claims hospital staff have been forcing him to receive liquids intravenously against his will. By Noam Rotem (translated by Einat Adar) In Afula's Haemek Medical Center, a 33-year-old Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being shackled to his bed 24 hours a day. Next to him stand two prison guards. Although it is unclear what he is being accused of, al-Qiq was put under administrative detention and violently interrogated for weeks without being allowed to see a lawyer. After realizing that his arrest was political, al-Qiq declared a hunger…

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  • Palestinian journalist's health deteriorates as hunger strike enters 46th day

    As his health steadily deteriorates, Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq has lost his ability to speak or walk. By Noam Rotem Forty-six days after he began his hunger strike, Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq has lost the ability to speak or walk, and has begun to vomit and urinate blood. According to his lawyer, Ashraf Abu Snena, Al-Qeeq can barely communicate using signals. He is currently being treated at Emek Medical Center in the northern city of Afula, where is both his legs and one arm are handcuffed to his bed at all times. One of the symptoms of a full hunger strike…

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  • Palestinian journalist on hunger strike to protest admin detention

    It took Israeli authorities weeks to even tell Muhammad Al-Qiq why he is being imprisoned without charge or trial — 'incitement.' He has been on hunger strike for 32 days. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, 33 from the Hebron area, has been on hunger strike for 32 days — since Israeli forces arrested from his home without explanation last month. Al-Qiq, a reporter who works for Saudi news station Almajd, was transferred to the medical center at Ramle Prison early last week. Immediately after his arrest, al-Qiq was taken in for interrogation at Israel's Kishon…

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  • Every day is a 'wave of violence' for Palestinians

    Where are Jewish Israelis when Palestinians find themselves under attack? When entire villages are demolished? When health care is conditioned on providing intelligence? When people are imprisoned without even the courtesy of a conviction? By Tom Mehager For Palestinians, every day is a wave of terror. And every day Jews stand idly by. It's just that the majority of Jews view it as completely normal and logical that the state acts the way it does, or they prefer to bury their heads in the sand. I can think of three fundamental, day-to-day examples that I know firsthand and can happen…

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  • Photos of the Month: A long, hot summer of hate crimes

    A Palestinian family is burned alive in their sleep, a 16-year-old Israeli is stabbed to death during the Jerusalem pride march, a hunger-striker calls the shots, and more. These are the best Activestills photos of the month. Photos by: Keren Manor, Ahmad Al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen, Faiz Abu-Rmeleh, Omer Sameer, Oren Ziv / Activestills, Edited by: Anka Mirkin

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  • What if the state is counting on our brain damage?

    This week, the state announced that hunger striker Mohammad Allan would be released only if he has suffered irreversible brain damage. But what if this is only part of a greater state system that criminalizes and punishes those who oppose it? By Idan Gillo It sounds like bad satire, or at least a provocative play: a man is arrested under “administration detention,” thrown into prison without any reasonable legal processing, without trial, without a hearing of the evidence against him, and without a proper debate. He started a hunger strike, his situation deteriorated, and at some point the state declared that…

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  • Hunger striker proves only way to challenge Israeli policy is to starve

    By freezing Muhammed Allan’s administrative detention, Israel proves that the only way for Palestinians to successfully challenge its unlawful detention policy is to starve themselves to brain damage. In its decision to suspend Muhammed Allan's administrative detention Wednesday night, Israel's High Court has sent a clear message: if you are of sound mind and body, you will remain imprisoned without question. But if you slip into a coma, we'll consider lifting your administrative detention, at least temporarily. [tmwinpost] To put it more bluntly, as long as you are essentially a vegetable, you're free to go. However, if we see that your situation…

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