[Marxism] Palestinian hunger strikers pass 73+ days, condition "increasingly urgent"

Juan Fajardo fajardos at ix.netcom.com
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. [...]

http://www.addameer.org/index.php

==============================================


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.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/thaer-halahleh-told-he-could-die-any-moment-hunger-strikers-condition




More information about the Marxism mailing list