[Marxism] Palestinian hunger strikers pass 73+ days, condition "increasingly urgent"
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Fri May 11 18:13:43 MDT 2012
UPDATE: SITUATION OF LONG-TERM HUNGER STRIKERS BECOMES INCREASINGLT URGENT
Ramallah, 10 May 2012 – Addameer lawyer Mona Neddaf visited four hunger
strikers in Ramleh prison medical clinic today, including Thaer
Halahleh, now on his 73rd day of hunger strike.
According to Ms. Neddaf, Thaer’s condition continues to deteriorate. The
prison doctor has said to Thaer that he could die at any moment. Thaer
has lost significant weight, and now weighs 55 kg. He has exceedingly
low blood pressure and his temperature is fluctuating at dangerous
levels. In addition to vomiting blood, Thaer is also bleeding from his
gums and lips. The prison doctor also told him that he now has an
infection in part of his body. Thaer is drinking water, but not taking
any vitamins or minerals. Though he is very weak, Ms. Neddaf reported
that mentally he is still strong. Thaer was supposed to receive a visit
from his family today, but the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) cancelled
the visit yesterday.
The health of Mohammad Taj, now on his 54th day of hunger strike, is
also at a dangerous level. In addition, Jaafar Azzedine, on his 50th day
of hunger strike, reported that he had stopped drinking water for a
short period but has started to drink again, with minerals and vitamins.
Nidal Shehadeh, who began his hunger strike on 17 April as part of the
mass hunger strike, was moved back from a public hospital to Ramleh
prison two days prior. He is on hunger strike in protest of receiving
inadequate medical treatment while in prison.
Ms. Neddaf noted that all the prisoners on hunger strike in Ramleh
prison are in isolated rooms. She further reported that they continue to
be threatened by the IPS. Even at this stage of hunger strike, they have
been told that if they do not stand for the “daily count”, they will not
be permitted lawyer visits. [...]
Ismael Mohamad / United Press International
THAER HALAHLEH TOLD HE "COULD DIE ANY MOMENT," AS HUNGER STRIKERS'
CONDITION INCREASINGLY URGENT
Thaer Halahleh has been told he “could die any moment,” by an Israeli
prison doctor, as the gravely ill Palestinian who is held without charge
or trial by Israel, completed his 73rd day of hunger strike.
Meanwhile, there have been continued solidarity protests in Palestine
against international neglect of the estimated 2,000 Palestinian hunger
strikers, and new expressions of solidarity.
Halahleh recounted the warning he was given to a lawyer from Addameer
who was allowed to visit Halahleh and three other hunger strikers at
Ramle prison clinic.
According to an Addameer statement today, Thaer “now weighs 55 kg. He
has exceedingly low blood pressure and his temperature is fluctuating at
dangerous levels. In addition to vomiting blood, Thaer is also bleeding
from his gums and lips.”
Despite his dire physical condition, Halahleh is mentally “still strong”
according to Addameer’s lawyer.
Halahleh is still being denied family visits by Israeli authorities, and
by keeping him in Ramle prison clinic instead of transferring him to
hospital, Israel continues to deny him medically necessary treatment.
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel issued another urgent call on 9 May
to Israeli authorities to end such medical malpractices and transfer
long-term hunger strikers to hospital.
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