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Shalabi's mother: My daughter is dying in prison
Published Thursday 08/03/2012 (updated) 12/03/2012 19:00
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JENIN (Ma'an) -- As the world marks International Women's Day, the mother of hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi appealed to the international community to save her daughter.

"I demand that the world stands by her now. My daughter is dying in prison. We are also dying here. This is my appeal to the world," Badiya Shalabi told Al-Haq human rights organization.

Hana Shalabi has been on hunger strike since Israeli forces detained her from her home in the northern West Bank on Feb. 16. She was beaten, blindfolded and forcibly strip-searched and assaulted by a male Israeli soldier, the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations said.

Shalabi's lawyer Mahmoud Hassan told Ma'an she is determined to maintain the strike until she is released. On Wednesday an Israeli military judge postponed a decision on her appeal.

She appeared weak and exhausted in court and was shackled and handcuffed, Hassan said, adding that she had lost over 10 kilograms.

Shalabi's mother is also refusing food. "As long as my daughter is on hunger strike, I will not be able to have food. I am a mother. Every time I see food I think of Hana."

She added: "My life collapsed after Hana was detained. I am distracted all day and night. I think of Hana and cry for her."

Shalabi is sentenced to four months administrative detention. She has not been charged or tried with any offense.

The 29-year-old previously spent over two years in administrative detention in Israel and was released in October under the prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas.

Over 300 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails without trial, including around 20 MPs. As they are not informed of the charges against them, their lawyers cannot mount a defense.

Israel issues administrative detention orders for periods of up to six month, but the orders are indefinitely renewable and Palestinian detainees have been held in Israeli jails for up to eight years without trial.

In February, detainee Khader Adnan ended a 66-day hunger strike after Israel agreed to release him from administrative detention in April.

In a joint appeal Thursday, Palestinian human rights organizations urged the world to stand in solidarity with Shalabi and called for her immediate release.

"Hana should not be forced to wait 66 days before the world sits up and takes notice," the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations said.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
08/03/2012 15:23
Why did the Israeli military court postponed the decision of her appeal? Yet another Israeli delaying tactics to make palestinians suffer and right at the end they will offer some stupid comprise just to avoid 3rd Intifada. A message should be sent to the courageous mother of this lady that all sensible people of this world is behind their cause but NOT US, who will has their blood on their hands. THE US WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES FOR DOUBLE STANDARDS.

2 ) Mel / USA
08/03/2012 15:46
'Dying in prison....'? One could correctly say that M/S Shalabi is being ILLEGALLY detained,by 1/2 century old Emergency Regulations,maintained &WORSENED,by neo-colonialism(Zionism)& she's ACTUALLY being holistically punished,tortured,for NOT BEING Jewish & being a native Palestinian resisting apartheid occupation. COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT by Zionist Israel,is ILLEGAL under ALL international LAWS,but is condoned by US/UK/EUGovts.SHAME ON YOU ALL,especially barbarian Israel!! 'As Ye Sow...'

3 ) Malone / Hfx
08/03/2012 17:53
Will this nauseating propaganda ever cease?

4 ) Antonio / Es
08/03/2012 23:09
All that needs to happen to end the hunger strike is for Hana Shalabi to stop it.

5 ) Julie / USA
09/03/2012 01:12
#3 - no, the nauseating nazis of izrahell never cease with their horrific crimes against humanity !!!

6 ) francesc pastor / Spain
09/03/2012 01:32
Hana Shalabi must be immediately released! The Palestinians have the right to live in Palestine, an independent state!

7 ) Joel Trupin / United States
09/03/2012 02:04
The case of Hana Shalabi should be the subject of protests at every level, as should the cases of all other indefinitely detained Palestinians.

8 ) Mary Norton / US
09/03/2012 05:15
Its not propaganda. It is business as usual for Israel to detain, stripsearch, beat and torture both women and men, holding them for months in renewable detention, all the while declaring themselves the only democracy in the Middle East. Some democracy! The detained live under an occupation that imposes misery upon an entire people who want only what we have - freedom! What's wrong with that? As an American, I am ashamed that we stand by the perpetrators and ignore the calls of the oppressed.

9 ) Uncle Sam / USA
09/03/2012 05:28
Somehow I will have to live with my conscience. Someone pass me the chips please.

10 ) Marshalldoc / USA
09/03/2012 18:20
I support all the hunger strikers who are protesting Israeli injustice. All that is necessary for them to end their strike is for 'justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream'. Viva Palestina!

11 ) Uncle Sam / USA
13/03/2012 05:50
@1: My conscience and I are getting along great. It is like a honeymoon for us. I bet the Mom is super nice herself. The thorn doesnt fall too far from the cactus.
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