Document - Israel: Hunger strikers protest ongoing detention
UA 26/13 Index: MDE 15/001/2013 Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories Date: 7 February 2013
HUNGER STRIKERS PROTEST ONGOING DETENTION
Palestinian administrative detainees Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan have been on hunger strike since 28 November 2012 to protest against their detention without charge or trial. Their health is deteriorating.
Ja’far Izz al-Din and Tareq Qa’dan were arrested by the Israeli authorities on 22 November 2012 and each given a three-month administrative detention order. They went on hunger strike on 28 November in protest and are held together at the Israel Prison Services medical facility in Ramleh prison. Their lawyer visited them on 31 January and told Amnesty International: “Ja’far and Tareq are taking only water. Last week both were taken to a hospital for eight hours and underwent medical checks. I was with them in the hospital and spoke to the doctors who told me their health is in a very critical state. They agreed to one injection of vitamins and other substances to decrease the risk of losing their lives. Both detainees were moved back to the Ramleh prison.”
Ja’far Izz al-Din’s detention order expires on 22 February. He has appealed against his detention to a military court. If, as expected, they reject his appeal, his lawyer will appeal to the Israeli High Court.
Tareq Qa’dan’s detention order expires on 21 February. A military court rejected his appeal against his detention order. The lawyer is preparing an appeal to the High Court.
Please write immediately in English, Hebrew or your own language:
Calling on the Israeli authorities to release Ja’far Izz al-Din, Tareq Qa’dan and all other Palestinian administrative detainees immediately, unless they are promptly charged with internationally recognizable criminal offences and brought to trial in full conformity with international fair trial standards;
Calling on them to ensure that Ja’far Izz al-Din, Tareq Qa’dan and all hunger strikers receive all the specialist medical attention they require, which is only available in a civilian hospital, are given regular access to doctors of their choice, and are not subjected to shackling or other cruel or inhuman treatment;
Urging them to end the use of administrative detention and permit all detainees family visits.�
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 21 MARCH 2013 TO:
Israel Prison Service Commissioner
Lieutenant-General Aharon Franco
Israel Prison Service, PO Box 81
Ramleh 72100, Israel
Fax: +972 8 919 3800
Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General
Director General, Ministry of Health
Dr. Roni Gamzo
Ministry of Health
2 Ben Tabai Street
Jerusalem 93591, Israel
Fax: +972 2 565 5966
Salutation: Dear Director General
And copies to:
Minister of Public Security
Ministry of Public Security
Jerusalem 91181, Israel
Fax: +972 2 584 7872
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
hunger strikers protest ongoing detention
Ja’far Izz al-Din, 41, is on hunger strike for the second time in protest against administrative detention. He had been arrested at his home in Arrabeh, Jenin on 21 March 2012 and placed in administrative detention. He went on hunger strike around 27 March until 14 May 2012. He was released on 19 June 2012 and rearrested on 22 November 2012. According to lawyers from the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, Ja’far Izz al-Din is suffering from a significant decrease in blood pressure, constant dizziness, chronic headaches, pain in his joints and protein deficiency.
Tarek Qa’dan, 40, from Arrabeh, Jenin, was released from 15 months in administrative detention on 8 July 2012. During this period of administrative detention he went on hunger strike in solidarity with other hunger strikers in early 2012. He also took part in the mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners and detainees between 17 April and 14 May 2012. He was rearrested at his home on 22 November 2012.
Although some Palestinian administrative detainees who undertook prolonged hunger strikes in 2012 were eventually released, others were not. For example, Samer al-Barq, 37, who suspended his third hunger strike on 24 October 2012, remains in administrative detention despite the authorities' assurances they would release him to Egypt, from where he could travel to Pakistan to join his wife. His lawyer told Amnesty International that Egypt had agreed to receive him in November but the Israeli authorities had not allowed his release. On 16 January he received a visa for Egypt valid for one month only. He is held in Hadarim Prison, which lacks medical facilities necessary for people coming off long hunger strikes. See UA 119/12, MDE 15/038/2012, and updates - http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/060/2012/en
Administrative detention is detention without charge for renewable terms. Orders are based on evidence withheld from the detainees and their lawyers. A mass hunger strike of around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees protesting against poor prison conditions, solitary confinement, denial of family visits and detention without charge ended on 14 May 2012 following an Egyptian-brokered deal with the Israeli authorities. Despite media reports suggesting that Israel had agreed that administrative detention orders would not be renewed unless significant new intelligence information was presented, the Israeli authorities have continued renewing such orders and issuing new ones. As of 30 December 2012, there were 178 administrative detainees, over 142 fewer than during March 2012. Some administrative detainees have been released if they have agreed to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories and go into exile abroad. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from forcibly transferring or deporting people from an occupied territory. Read more in report Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel at http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/026/2012/en.
Names: Ja’far Izz al-Din, Tareq Qa’dan
UA: 26/13 Index: MDE 15/001/2013 Issue date: 7 February 2013