Israeli Court Rules Against The Two
Monday May 07, 2012 14:32
by William Temple - 1 of International Middle East Media Center
Reuters reported on Monday afternoon that the so-called Israeli
occupation government supreme court turned down an appeal to free two
Palestinians from administrative detention without trial who have been
on hunger strike for nearly 70 days. But in its decision, released by
the Justice Ministry, the court said security authorities should
consider freeing them for medical reasons.
Administrative detainees Bilal Diab, 27, from Jenin, and Thaer
Halahla, 33, from Hebron are in a dangerous condition after refusing
food since Feb. 29, a doctor from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
said this week.
Both are in administrative detention and have not
On April 17, Palestinian prisoners day, over 1,000
prisoners joined a group of hunger-strikers protesting against
administrative detention without charge. Prisoners rights groups
estimate that around 2,000 prisoners are now taking part in the strike.
are also protesting restrictive visiting rights and limited
access to medical care and educational materials.
Watch on Wednesday called on Israel to "immediately charge or release
people jailed without charge or trial under so-called administrative
Concern Mounts for the Lives of Prisoners on Protracted
Monday May 07, 2012 05:35 by Press Release - Addameer & PHR-Israel
Detainees Bilal Diab, Thaer Halahleh and Hassan Safadi are Subjected
to Medical Negligence
This is a joint press release issued on May 6,
2012, by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel).
Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh are at risk of death as they enter their
69th day of hunger strike in protest of their administrative detention.
In spite of their rapidly deteriorating health, the Israeli Prison
Service (IPS) is still denying regular access to them by independent
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel).
PHR-Israel are outraged by the blatant breach of medical ethics
committed by the IPS in regards to these most urgent cases and by the
negligence of the Israeli High Court judges who have yet to make a
decision regarding their petition.
After continual denial of
access to Bilal Diab and news of his further deterioration, PHR-Israel
submitted an urgent appeal to the District Court yesterday, 5 May,
demanding that the IPS allow a PHR-Israel doctor to visit him, and for
his family to visit him immediately.
Though Bilal is entitled to
a second medical opinion, the urgent appeal was rejected and postponed
until a regular hearing on 7 May. Addameer and PHR-Israel are further
dismayed that personnel in Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where Bilal is
currently held, are placing obstacles in front of the PHR-Israel
independent doctor in her attempts to ensure that her patient, Bilal,
receives trusted care during this critical period.
examination by Member of Knesset Dr. Ahmad Tibi after Bilal’s collapse
on 3 May indicated that Bilal is experiencing hypothermia and losing
sensation in his feet. Additionally troubling is the IPS’ refusal to
transfer Thaer Halahleh to a public hospital from the Ramleh Prison
medical clinic, where he is currently held.
Following the Israeli
High Court hearing on 3 May regarding the petition against Bilal and
Thaer’s administrative detention orders, Judge Eliakim Rubenstein noted
that a decision would be made at a later time, without specifying when.
As of this afternoon, there is still no decision. By ignoring
the gravity of their current situation, the High Court judges are not
only acting with severe negligence, but also with malicious intent.
Judges Rubenstein, Noam Saulberg and Yuram Dinzinger are knowingly
delaying the decision despite Bilal and Thaer’s days potentially being
numbered, without even providing any certainty as to when a decision
will be made.
Hassan Safadi is now on his 63rd day of hunger
strike and is currently held in the Ramleh Prison medical clinic.
Addameer lawyer Mahmoud Hassan succeeded in visiting Hassan today, 6
May. He noted that Hassan’s health is deteriorating and that he is very
weak and cannot stand, but vows to continue his hunger strike. He is
refusing any treatment or examination by prison doctors.
reported that on 3 May, he was held down by prison guards and forcefully
given treatment by a prison doctor via an injection in his arm. Addameer
and PHR-Israel are alarmed by this news, as forced treatment is in
strict violation of the principles of medical ethics and the guidelines
of the World Medical Association and the Israeli Medical Association.
According to the Malta Declaration, “Physicians need to satisfy
themselves that food or treatment refusal is the individual's voluntary
choice. Hunger strikers should be protected from coercion. Physicians
can often help to achieve this and should be aware that coercion may
come from the peer group, the authorities or others, such as family
Physicians or other health care personnel may not apply
undue pressure of any sort on the hunger striker to suspend the strike.
Treatment or care of the hunger striker must not be conditional upon
suspension of the hunger strike.”
Hassan also recounted having
refused water for several days until he was moved to Ramleh Prison
medical clinic. Upon his arrival, he was beaten by prison guards, and
the prison doctor refused to record the injuries sustained from the
Since the beginning of his hunger strike, Hassan has had
no visits from independent doctors. PHR-Israel petitioned the District
Court to allow them access, and the court ordered the IPS to allow a
PHR-Israel doctor a visit no later than 7 May, though when PHR-Israel
tried to coordinate a visit on 4 May, the IPS denied their request.
The appeal for Jaafar Azzedine, now on his 46th day of hunger
strike, was also postponed today by an Israeli military judge.
The judge, who also ruled in Hana Shalabi’s case and rejected her
appeal, said that he already decided in Hana’s case that he would not
consider critical medical condition due to hunger strike as a reason for
accepting an appeal, and that he would let the High Court judges in
Bilal and Thaer’s case decide on this fact.
In light of growing
concern for their lives, Addameer and PHR-Israel demand:
immediate transfer of Thaer Halahleh to a public hospital, and the
transfer of prisoners on hunger strike for more than 40 days to
hospitals, in addition to unrestricted access for lawyers and
independent physicians to all hunger strikers, especially Bilal Diab and
- That no hunger striker be shackled while
- That all hunger strikers—especially those in
advanced stages of hunger strike—be allowed family visits, while they
are still lucid;
- That all information be given to families as
to the medical condition of their loved ones, which is the
responsibility of hospitals and medical staff in accordance with medical
ethics and confidentiality standards;
- That Bilal Diab and Thaer
Halahleh, along with all other administrative detainees, be immediately
and unconditionally released.
Non-violent Protests in Solidarity with Hunger-striking Prisoners
Held in 6 W. Bank Villages
Saturday May 05, 2012 06:56 by IMEMC Staff
Two injuries and dozens of cases of gas inhalation were reported when
Israeli troops attacked non-violent solidarity protests in six
Palestinian villages in the central and southern West Bank on Friday.
This week, the Friday protests in villages located on the path of
the Israeli wall were in solidarity with Palestinian political detainees
on hunger strike protesting ill-treatment and the use of administrative
detention policies by the Israeli military.
their solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, especially Bilal Diab
and Thaer Halahla both entering the 67th day of their open-ended hunger
strike. In Bil'in village, dozens of local youth have set up a tent in
the center of the village, and are on day 15 of a solidarity hunger
strike along with over 2,000 imprisoned Palestinians who are doing the
In the southern West Bank, the villages of Al-Khader, Beit
Omer and Al Ma’ssara near Bethlehem city, organized anti-wall protests.
Villagers were joined by Israeli and international supporters at all
Two Palestinians were injured, another one was
arrested and many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation
when soldiers attacked villagers and their supporters at the village of
Al-Khader. Witnesses said that soldiers opened fire on them as soon as
they left the village. Troops later invaded Al-Khader, took over roof
tops of local homes and used them to fire at protesters.
Omer and Al Ma’ssara villages troops stopped the protests at the village
entrances and used tear gas to force people back into the villages. Many
were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
central West Bank, troops used tear gas and sound bombs to attack
protesters along with their international and Israeli supporters at the
villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and Al Nabi Saleh. Local sources reported
that many protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas
In Al Nabi Saleh village troops fired tear gas at
residents’ homes causing damage.
In Bil'in village, dozens of
cases of asphyxiation from gas marked the weekly march organized by the
popular committee against the wall and settlements. A Norwegian
Delegation and dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and international peace
activists participated in the demonstration.
arrived at the Abu Lemon area, they made some holes in the barbed wire
and then broke through it. The soldiers who were situated behind the
concrete wall shot rubber bullets, stun grenades, tear gas and waste
water mixed with chemicals towards the demonstrators which resulted in
many suffering from gas inhalation. All of them were treated by
ambulance crews in the field .
The numerous tear gas canisters
which were shot into the villagers' olive groves, very dry in the
current hot weather, caused numerous fires there.