Badeeah Shalabi holds a placard of her daughter Hana 390.
(photo credit: reuters)
RAMALLAH - A Palestinian woman, released by Israel in the Schalit prisoner swap
last year but re-arrested earlier this month and held without charge, is
on a hunger strike to protest her treatment, officials said on Monday.
Shalabi started refusing to eat 12 days ago, her lawyer and a
Palestinian prisoners's organization said, becoming the second
Palestinian detainee to go on a hunger strike in quick succession.
struck a deal last week with Khader Adnan, who is a member of the
militant Islamic Jihad movement, persuading him to end his 66-day fast
after assuring him that he would be released in April from his detention
Shalabi, 30, is also a member of Islamic Jihad, which is committed to Israel's destruction.
was seized from her home in the West Bank on Feb. 16 and has complained
of repeated mistreatment. Her lawyer said she has been put in solitary
confinement as punishment for the hunger strike.
"She told me
that she was beaten in front of her family at the time of her arrest, in
prison during interrogation and again when she refused to succumb to a
full body search by male soldiers," lawyer Fawaz Shaloudi told Reuters.
spokeswoman for Israel's Prisons Service, disputing the allegations,
said Shalabi had been on hunger strike for only eight days.
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isolation was part of routine procedure to deal with hunger strikers and
she was put in a cell on her own, but it was not solitary confinement
punishment. Today she was returned to a cell with another inmate,"
spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said.
"There has been no mistreatment
in prison. She was not searched by a male prison guard and she is
getting visits. Indeed, she has not complained of mistreatment while in
the custody of the Prisons Service," Weizman added.
held by Israel for 25 months under so-called administrative detention
before she was released last October as part of a prisoner swap in which
some 1,000 Palestinians were freed in exchange for Israeli soldier
Gilad Schalit, who was held by Hamas in Gaza for five
Israeli human rights groups have condemned detention
without trial. Israeli authorities say the procedure is used in some
security-related cases and helps to protect confidential sources from
exposure in court.
Qaddoura Fares, the chairman of the main
Palestinian prisoners's organization, said 310 Palestinians are in
administrative detention. He said that since the Schalit deal, 15
Palestinians have been rearrested and six are still in jail.
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