Palestinian activist suspected of Hamas ties released after 94-day hunger strike

The 33-year-old resident of Ramallah began his hunger strike four days after he was arrested on November 21 at his home in Ramallah for terrorist activities connected to Hamas.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 20, 2016 11:33
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A Palestinian man in Ramallah lies on a bed wears a face covering depicting Mohammed al-Qiq

A Palestinian man in Ramallah lies on a bed wears a face covering depicting hunger striking Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

Israel released the Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Kik on Thursday after a 94-day hunger strike.

The 33-year-old resident of Ramallah began his hunger strike four days after he was arrested on November 21 at his home in Ramallah for terrorist activities connected to Hamas, according to Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency].

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After being released Kik said, "This victory was made by you all. You got tired but went down to the streets and covered and followed up on the news. This is not exclusively about who achieved the victory, this victory is a joint victory by everyone because we all stood (together)."

Kik had agreed to end his strike in February, but remained to be in custody until the Israeli Military determined whether there was new intelligence that would require further detention.

Over the course of his strike medical professionals in the Israeli hospital where he was being cared for had repeatedly voiced concern regarding Kik's deteriorating condition.

However in spite of this, Kik rejected the Israeli Supreme Court ruling that would have transiently suspend his incarceration without a trial, citing that the ruling was an effort to undermine his struggle.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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