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Israeli court rejects hunger-strikers detention appeal
Published Monday 23/04/2012 (updated) 30/04/2012 18:05
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Boys stand near a banner depicting hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners
during a protest supporting the prisoners, in Jerusalem April 20, 2012.
(Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court on Monday refused an appeal by long-term hunger-strikers Thaer Halahla and Bilal Dyab to end their detention without charge, prisoners groups said.

Muhjat al-Quds society for the defense of prisoners said Ofer military court rejected the appeal against the prisoners administrative detention, on the 56th day of their hunger-strike.

Lawyer Jamil Khatib will now take their petitions to Israel's Supreme Court. The rulings show the negotiations to end the prisoners' hunger strike have failed, as they refused Israel's suggestion to deport them to Gaza, Addameer Director Sahar Francis told Ma'an.

Negotiations are more difficult now that over a thousand prisoners have joined the hunger strike, as Israeli authorities say they refuse to encourage others by agreeing not to renew the hunger-strikers' administrative detention, Khatib said.

Diab, from Jenin, has been held without charge since August. In February, Israel extended the 27-year-old's sentence for a further six months without a trial.

Halahla, from Hebron, was detained in July 2010. Israel has the 33-year-old's administrative detention order several times, most recently on March 5 for another six months.

A wave of hunger strikes has drawn attention to Israel's decades-long use of administrative detention, under which over 300 Palestinians are currently held without charge.

Israel says it refuses to disclose accusations or evidence to lawyers or detainees due to security concerns.

Administrative detainee Khader Adnan, 33, was on hunger-strike for 66 days before agreeing to a deal to secure his freedom. He was released last Tuesday, on Palestinian Prisoners Day.

Inspired by Adnan's protest, a female prisoner, Hana Shalabi, refused food for 43 days before the Israel decided to deport her to Gaza, barring her from returning to her native West Bank for at least three years.

On prisoners day last week, at least 1,200 prisoners in Israeli jails launched an open-ended hunger strike. Prison authorities have responded by denying them family visits and separating them from inmates not taking part in the protest.
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1 ) matt / uSA
23/04/2012 19:14
If every person charged with a crime, went on a hunger strike and demanded to be released, and even expected it, there would be no prisoners at all. just plenty of skinny criminals running around

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
23/04/2012 22:01
Yes, they will receive no more special treatment, than Adnan, Shalabi,
or any other threat to Israel's security, and
Yes, they will be sent to the hospital if their self-imposed hunger strike makes them sick.


3 ) AKeenReader / UK
23/04/2012 23:08
Most Israeli courts are biased especilly military ones. How many military courts have freed palestinians upon appeal? These Israeli barbaric acts are similar to those carried out during South Africa's apartheid regime and we all know what the outcome was of that regime. Kicked out alltogether. For sure same outcome of any Israeli regime.

4 ) ashraf / palestine
23/04/2012 23:41
Simply The problem stems from the war of terminology that Israel fools or deceives the world with ,' terms such as administrative detention ,terrorist , act of sabotage, blood-stained, criminal, terrorist, extremists so on The story is that Palestinians resist occupation They want freedom .this is the story all. the world should say the truth Enough , o israel you are the last occupation in the world. Until when they will wait????????????????????????

5 ) carine / UK
23/04/2012 23:46
#1 - Why should these 2 men be deported to Gaza, they've done nothing wrong! The prisoners on hunger strike who are demanding to be released have not been charged or tried for any crime, they are imprisoned under the infamous Israeli 'administrative detention.' Some have had their imprisonment extended every 6 months for years. The others are on hunger strike in support of them. What would you do in their position - sit back quietly and just take it?

6 ) southparkbear / usa
24/04/2012 01:49
I am sure great palestinians champions expert in HR and legal matter would still object. I specifically have Gaddafi, Bashar, Sadam and other know lib democrate arab leaders.

7 ) @ #3 / USA
24/04/2012 04:07
Whether, "Most Israeli courts are biased especilly military ones", or NOT, dangerous people need to be locked up, or as the world knows, or just a very few people can murder 1,000s, whether they be suicide bombers, or pilots crashing jets into the Twin Towers !!!

8 ) Silver / US
24/04/2012 05:37
Dear Matt above, The prisoners we are talking about here are not charged with anything. They are held under "administrative detention" which allows Israel to hold Palestinians without charge, indefinitely. Do get some facts straight before commenting.

9 ) Nasralla / Palestine
24/04/2012 11:36
As a matter of fact, I have been through this awful experience myself. Poeple think it is merely a hunger strike, or it is another phase of struggle against the occupation. No doubt, it is a very painful experience needs lots of dailogue among the prisoners to decide going on strike. Hence, the Palestinian poeple are highly demanded to support the political prisoners and spare no efforts to show their solidarity.

10 ) David / Israel
25/04/2012 12:56
@#4: 1- how many times did you have to scrape blood of your shows after trying to get people out of a bus just bombed??! expirience this and tell me "blood stained" and "terrorist" are just "terms"! 2- israel is the "last occupation in the world"?!!? what about Tibet,ocupied Cyprus land by Turkey, Khuzestan by Iran, american occupation of Afghanistan...??? #@8 300 of them are on administrative detention" the rest are mostly convicted killers!
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