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Human rights NGO: Hana Shalabi in danger of imminent death

Physicians for Human Rights issued a statement Monday evening warning that hunger striking administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is facing the risk of death. The message comes at the end of 33 days of Shalabi’s hunger strike, and is based on a physical examination carried out today in prison by a physician working with the NGO. Following the examination, Shalabi was transferred taken to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. [Update: Apparently Shalabi was taken but not admitted to the hospital, and returned to prison. PHR and Addameer are now pressuring IPS to take her buck to the hospital immediately].

According to PHR:

The deterioration is expressed in a process of muscle breakdown, with a weight loss of14 kg(31 lb.) since the onset of the hunger strike, a very slow pulse, and a drop in blood sodium levels. These symptoms could indicate grave damage to the heart and the beginning of the breakdown of the heart muscle, which could lead to heart failure at any moment… The attending physician adds that Shalabi is not taking medications, has gone from ambulatory independence to being dependent on others for locomotion, and suffers from significant weakness, low blood pressure, serious pain throughout her body, significant sensitivity in her upper abdominal region, and serious dizziness.

Meanwhile, a new video clip has been uploaded and spread around by Shalabi’s supporters, in which the detainee’s sister, Zahera Shalabi, speaks of her feelings and fears for her striking sibling. Both PHR and the family call for international intervention to help free Hana Shalabi:

[Shot and edited by Vivien Sansour, with editing support by ListenIn Pictures]

Hana Shalabi, a 29-year-old woman from the West Bank village of Burqin, was formally held for 25 months in administrative detention, released last October in the Schalit prisoner swap, and re-arrested within four months of her release. Since her second arrest, Shalabi has refused to eat in protest of her continued detention without charges or trial. The IDF claims it has intelligence indicating Shalabi might endanger regional security. Yesterday (Sunday), PA officials stated that Israel offered to release Shalabi and deport her to the Gaza Strip – an offer which was refused by the PA, which demands her immediate and unconditional release.

Read more on Hana Shalabi:

PA refuses Israeli offer to deport hunger striker to Gaza

International Women’s Day: Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike enters 4th week

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    1. Steve

      Hana Shalabi is a member of Islamic Jihad, isn’t she?

      You should mention that in articles about her, just so people have a bit of background information.

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    2. Piotr Berman

      The question is how people can be incarcerated because they MIGHT endanger regional security. How can you disprove what you might do in the future?

      I understand before her first release Hana was also in administrative detention. As in the case of Khader Adnan, once IDF determines that you are a bad person, you can be incarcerated any number of times. As in the case of the most recent assassinations, the basis is the future crimes rather than past.

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    3. Piotr Berman

      “… is a member of Islamic Jihad, isn’t she?”

      Crime of existence. Once you ARE a member, nothing can delete it, with possible exception of collaboration as informer. You ARE forever.

      Many thousands of Palestinians are criminal because they ARE. If they are in Gaza, it is justified to kill them. If they are in West Bank, they can be detained, beaten up and or humiliated any number of times.

      Israel has no capacity of incarcerating or killing all who are guilty of BEING in a criminal manner. Tens of thousands of ping pong balls with names written on them are placed in a gigantic rotating drum and in the deepest secrecy the drum is stopped and a prescribed number of balls is removed. Troops of soldiers are dispatched to West Bank, assassination drones are dispatched to Gaza. The next round of justice and self-defense of the Jewish State of Israel begins.

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    4. Sara

      God bless Hana, I’m praying for you, your family, and all Palestinians. Let peace, justice and love prevail. Please join me in prayer.

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    5. Haggai Matar

      Steve – we don’t know that. First of all – no proof was ever shown to that effect and she was never even convicted of membership. Second – the army now talks of her being a threat to security, in a general way, not mentioning IJ as the group she’s with (unlike with Adnan). And thirdly – even if she were a member, I don’t see how that changes anything. Of course I would have mentioned it, but it doesn’t change the fact that she didn’t commit any crime and is held without trial.

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    6. Without a true ability to hear and contest charges, this system must ultimately devolve into the arbitrary destruction of people to maintain fear elsewhere. David Hume said it well: If something can be abused, ultimately it will be abused. Not that everyone will abuse given the opportunity, but that sometime, someone will. And once that happens, further abuses have a precedent.
      I’ve said it before on this site and I will again: when someone fasts unto death, we must ask ourselves why. We must approach that person in humility. We must consider that whatever they once where, this resolved act across weeks changes them; and so too should it change us.
      Her body is now cannibalizing her heart to live. Think on that.
      I will not be afraid to think because terrorists exist. That is their goal. I will not label all acts of a person as evil. That, again, is the goal of terrorism. I will not be terrorism’s accomplice. I will hope, think, new things are possible. That is how I would approach this women some 15 years my junior. 15 years she may never have.

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    7. Piotr Berman

      I tried to check what is the “world opinion” and frankly, I was surprised. This is top headline in a right-center Polish weekly magazine:

      Umiera Palestynka, więziona przez Izrael nie wiadomo za co

      “Palestinian woman is dieing, imprisoned in Israel for unknown reasons”

      Compared with English, Polish is more precise about attitude than English so it is hard to translate. The phrase “nie wiadomo za co” suggests that there is no reason at all.

      Photo of Netanyahu in a combative pose: “Israel can keep people in prison as long as it wants, without showing any accusations.”

      Polish press is usually pretty indifferent.

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    8. She is taken to a hospital but not admitted, her life end a token in a game where individuals exist only as labels. (see the Update, above)
      Why can we not see that these fasts can be a call to change the game?

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