Four Palestinians on Hunger Strike over Administrative Detention

RAMALLAH, February 16, 2016 (WAFA) – The Supreme Court of Israel Tuesday delayed a hearing on whether to release hunger striking Palestinian detainee Mohammad al-Qiq, said a Palestinian official.

WAFA reported Minister Issa Qaraqe, Chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission, as stating that the court delayed a session originally scheduled to take place Tuesday to review the case of al-Qiq.

The court decision came as the health condition of the hunger-striking detainee deteriorated further as he entered his 84th day of hunger strike.

WAFA reported on Hanan al-Khatib, an attorney, who has been visiting al-Qiq in HaEmek Hospital, that “al-Qiq has entered an incomprehensible stage”.

“He is experiencing recurrent painful muscle contractions across his body, severe heart pains and his body’s temperature rose significantly,” she said.

She added that al-Qiq was “loudly shouting” and that his health condition “has become tragic”.

Al-Khatib warned that “we might lose him” during the next hours and urged for reaching a solution to save his life.

She called upon all concerned stakeholders to do their utmost to save al-Qiq’s life, saying his health condition will be “out of control” in case Israel continues to disregard his issue.

She also urged the Supreme Court of Israel to take an “audacious” decision to end al-Qiq’s administrative detention and immediately transfer him to a Ramallah hospital.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinians rallied in Tulkarm, Hebron and Bethlehem in protest of the ongoing detention of al-Qiq.

Last month, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, Robert Piper, expressed grave concern over Israel’s continued practice of administrative detention, without a charge or trial.

“I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who is on hunger strike in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment.”

UN official reiterated their body’s long-standing position that all administrative detainees – Palestinian or Israeli – should be charged or released without delay”.