Protesters in Afula demand release of Palestinian hunger striker

January 15, 2016 02:42

Dozens gathered outside Emek Medical Center in Afula on Thursday in support of a Palestinian security prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 50 days.

The demonstration was organized by the Arab High Monitoring Committee, and was attended by a number of Arab MKs who called on the state to release the prisoner – journalist Muhammad al-Qeq – and to end the practice of administrative detention.MK Yousef Jabareen of the Joint List, speaking at the protest, said, “We are calling for him to be released immediately and we strongly condemn the continued draconian policy of administrative detention which goes against the basic rules of law and justice.”

Qeq, 33, works for the Saudi television channel Al-Majd. According to Israeli medical reports he also works for outlets linked to Hamas.

Security forces arrested him at his home in Abu Kesh, near Ramallah, on November 21, and he has been kept in administrative detention ever since.

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