Twelve Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, jail conditions.
Two Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention without charge or trial are continuing their hunger strikes despite serious threats to their health: Mohammed al-Qeeq, 33, is now on his 55th day of hunger strike and Hassan Shokah, 27, is now on his 37th day of strike.
Journalist Al-Qeeq, a correspondent for Al-Majd channel, has entered in and out of consciousness in the past several days.
On 16 January, the Ofer military court rejected an appeal by Al-Qeeq against his imprisonment without charge. Issa Qaraqe, chair of the Palestinian Detainees' Affairs Committee, said that this underlines the military courts' responsibility for Al-Qeeq's dangerous health situation and that the court was acting out of "revenge" against Al-Qeeq for his hunger strike, noting that the military courts serve only to present a legal facade for Israeli intelligence and military repression.
Doctors at Afula hospital delivered intravenous nutrients against Al-Qeeq's objection; when he regained consciousness he removed the intravenous tube, rejecting any form of nutrients or forced feeding. He has previously been arrested three times and served over two years in Israeli occupation prisons.
Shokah, 27, has also been held multiple times in administrative detention without charge or trial. He is being held in isolation in Jalameh prison, imprisoned arbitrarily via military order since 16 September 2015. He was denied winter clothing when transferred in a cold metal van to Jalameh and then was denied winter blankets within the prison.
Additionally, ten Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike inside the Israeli Megiddo prison, escalating their protest against overcrowding, denial of personal belongings, electricity cuts, and raids within the prison.
The ten prisoners were transferred to isolation after they refused their meals, forcibly taken by guards who invaded their cells, beating some of the prisoners. Palestinian prisoners' clothes and blankets have been confiscated, their rooms repeatedly ransacked by guards engaging in "inspections," and electricity was cut to an entire section of the prison.
Riad Amour, a Palestinian prisoner held in Eshel prison, is facing a serious health crisis as Israeli prison doctors are refusing to change the pacemaker installed in his chest five years ago; the device he has should be replaced every five years.
Palestinian prisoners have repeatedly reported medical neglect and mistreatment in Israeli jails, including the use of painkillers for all medical complaints, denial of tests in order to provide diagnoses, and denial of treatment for serious disease like cancer.
Amour suffers from numerous health problems; he was shot in the back and shrapnel remains in his body, and has lost a portion of his intestines and liver. His heart is functional only with the implanted pacemaker that now needs replacement; he had open heart surgery two years ago. He has been a spokesperson on many occasions for the severely ill prisoners in Ramle prison clinic.
Finally, Israeli occupation forces on Sunday invaded Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where they arrested Hanadi Mousa al-Moghrabi, 37, the wife of imprisoned Palestinian Ahmad al-Moghrabi, who has been held in Israeli jails since 2002.
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is a network of organizers and activists, based in North America, working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom.