Palestinian jailed in Israel enters 49th day of hunger strike

Mohammad Al-Qeeq, a Palestinian journalist who works as a reporter for a Saudi news channel, was arrested by Israeli security forces on November 21 and was sentenced to administrative detention.

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January 12, 2016 16:20
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The Palestinian detainee, Mohammad Al-Qeeq, . (photo credit: FACEBOOK)

 
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Palestinians protested for the release of a detained journalist on hunger strike in an Israeli prison on Tuesday, amid reports that his health was deteriorating.

Mohammad Al-Qeeq, a Palestinian journalist who works as a reporter for the Saudi news channel Al-majd, was arrested by Israeli security forces on November 21 and was sentenced to administrative detention.

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Administrative detention is the practice used by Israel in some terror cases in which suspects can be held for renewable six-month terms, without formal charges being brought against them.

Twenty-five days after he was put in detention, Al-Qeeq decided to start hunger-striking to protest Israel's administrative detention policy. On Tuesday, he entered the 49th day of the strike, amid Palestinian media reports that his health is deteriorating.
According to this reports, Israeli authorities might start to force-feed Al-Qeeq if his physical condition does not change soon, thus making the first use of the force-feeding law that was passed in the Knesset in July.

In order to raise awareness for Al-Qeeq's situation among Palestinian society, Palestinian activists launched a massive campaign calling for his immediate release, titled: "No to administrative detention."

On Tuesday, many Palestinians participated in a march that took place outside the International Red Cross offices in Ramallah in solidarity with the detainee, who is currently hospitalized in Ha'Emek Medical Center in Afula.

In a statement it released following the deterioration in Al-Qeeq's health, the Hamas Movement emphasized that it regards Israel as responsible for the detainee's life and urged Palestinian society to increase its efforts for Al-Qeeq's release.





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