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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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  • 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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  • The Jewish prisoners who went on hunger strike in Iraq

    Like Palestinians today, Jewish hunger strikers used the method to demand fair trial and better jail conditions in 1950s Iraq. Orit Bashkin Some have compared the act of hunger striking to terrorism, claiming that there is no difference between a suicide bomber who targets civilians on a bus and a political prisoner who puts himself on the verge of death. These types of comparisons are baseless, of course. And it is also important to remember that hunger strikes have played an important role in the struggle of political prisoners, from suffragists in America to Mahatma Gandhi in India, as a…

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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds clash with police at protest for Palestinian hunger striker

    'Today we saw police brutality,' says a participant at protest for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan in Ashkelon. 'They used severe violence against us, as they let the right-wing protesters attack us.' Text by Rami Younis, Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Hundreds of Palestinians protested in Ashkelon Sunday night for the release of hunger striker Mohammad Allan, a Palestinian prisoner who has not eaten for more than 60 days in resistance of his administrative detention, a controversial practice which denies the standard rights to trial and to knowledge of charges against the suspect. The protesters arrived in four buses from Jerusalem, Jaffa…

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  • Administrative detention being used to push controversial 'terror law'

    A new bill that paves the way for putting Israeli citizens in administrative detention could one day affect activists, human rights workers, and Palestinian citizens of Israel. By Sawsan Khalife' A week after the Shin Bet recommended that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon sign off on administrative detention for two Jewish Israelis following the attack in the Palestinian village of Duma, he also recommended the Knesset pass an "anti-terrorism bill." The bill, which has been sitting on the shelf of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, authorizes the defense minister to use administrative detention without the standard prerequisite of declaring a…

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  • Palestinian prisoner in coma after 60 day hunger strike

    Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for two months, fell into a coma Friday morning and was placed on a respirator after his health significantly deteriorated overnight. Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for 60 days, fell into a coma Friday morning and was placed on a respirator after his health significantly deteriorated overnight, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said. Israel has said that it may use the controversial practice of force-feeding if his death appears to be imminent, though Allan is reported to be in stable condition. Allan, 31, allegedly a member…

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  • The only way to end Palestinian hunger strikes

    We have become so accustomed to the idea that detaining people without charge or trial is fine. So much so that the discussion now revolves around how we should allow them to die, rather than why we have reached this point in the first place. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem It may be true that Attorney Mohammed Allan, who has been on hunger strike against his administrative detention for the past 54 days, is a bloodthirsty criminal. It may be true that Meir Ettinger, who was put in administrative detention last week, is the source of all evil in…

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  • 'I was force-fed six times — in a Soviet prison'

    As Israel contemplates force-feeding Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan, a rabbi and human rights activist recalls how he was force-fed six times while imprisoned by the Soviet regime. The pain and humiliation remain with him until today. By Rabbi Michael Rivkin I was force-fed twice in two different periods of my life. The first time was by the KGB in Moscow, January 1983. A court hearing at the supreme court was set for the end of January. On the day of the hearing I was not brought before a judge, nor was I presented with any new information on my…

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  • Israeli doctors versus the state in showdown over force-feeding

    The government hoped that transferring Mohammed Allan to a different hospital would make force-feeding him easier. But a doctors' protest is gaining ground. A confrontation between the Israeli government and doctors treating hunger-striking prisoners is reaching a fever pitch, testing the medical community's independence against government efforts to quell a nonviolent protest by Palestinian detainees. The backdrop is a law passed last month sanctioning the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners, in order to combat a growing means of protest against administrative detention without charge or trial. [tmwinpost] The test case for the new law appears to be Mohammed Allan, a 33-year-old…

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  • Israel plans to force-feed hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner

    Israeli authorities tell Mohammad Allan, who has been hunger striking to protest being held without charge, that they intend to ask a district court to authorize force-feeding him. Israeli authorities plan to use a brand new “force-feeding” law against a Palestinian man currently being held without charge who is on the 52nd day of a hunger strike. Authorities on Friday told Mohammad Allan's attorney that they intend to ask a district court to authorize force-feeding him, according to Physicians for Human Rights — Israel. PHR sent out a press release on Saturday: This would be the first recourse to the shameful…

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  • Israel to start force-feeding Palestinian hunger strikers

    One month after administrative detainee Khader Adnan's successful hunger strike, the Knesset passes a law to allow for the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners. The Knesset passed a law early Thursday morning that sanctions the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails. The law passed by a small margin, with 46 lawmakers in favor and 40 opposed. [tmwinpost] The so-called "hunger-strike law," considered more "gentle" than the original bill proposed last June, allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate's life. This applies even if the prisoner refuses. The…

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  • Israel seeks force feeding powers as hunger striker enters danger zone

    The head of the Israeli Medical Association says he will instruct physicians to ignore the new law if it is passed, saying it contradicts medical ethics. Israeli authorities are currently holding some 400 Palestinians without charge or trial. The Israeli parliament is expected to soon vote on a bill that would permit authorities to force feed Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike; the cabinet gave the measure its seal of approval on Sunday. Although no direct correlation has been shown, the move comes as Israel/Palestine’s most famous repeat hunger striker, Khader Adnan, has gone more than 40 days without food or nutrients.…

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  • The end of the hunger strike and mounting pressure on the PA

    The PA’s lack of support for hunger striking prisoners, together with its security coordination with Israel during ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper,’ are further deteriorating its credibility among Palestinians. Reports on a deal that would end the hunger strike by some 70 Palestinians prisoners broke in the Hebrew media on Tuesday night and has been confirmed in the two days that passed since. According to Ynet News, the prisoners will return to eat, and in return, some punitive measures that Israeli Prison Service placed on them, such as separation from each other and fines, will be cancelled Assuming that there are no…

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