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UNRWA hunger striker taken to the hospital
Published Friday 27/12/2013 (updated) 28/12/2013 15:28
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BEHTLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An UNRWA worker from Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem was taken to the hospital after he fainted three days after launching a hunger strike in protest against the organization's policies towards its employees.

Khalil Abu Laban, who is one of four employees currently on strike against the UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, was taken to Beit Jala governmental hospital after fainting, another participant in the demonstration Jamal Jaber told Ma'an.

Abu Laban was diagnosed with acute gastritis and is in a stable condition, Jaber said.

Jaber added that the strike by UNRWA employees is in its 25th day, and began as a result of a conflict with the organization over salaries and positions within the organization.

The strike is also in protest of a decision to forbid anyone who was imprisoned in Israel to work for the UNRWA.

Large percentages of the Palestinian population have been detained with or without charge by Israeli occupation forces at some point in their lives, meaning that this prohibition excludes many people.

The hunger strike was started 4 days ago by Yusif Adawi, 50, who has remained in the protest tent in the camp since that time.

Adawi, a teacher at al-Duheisheh School, said he will continue the strike until UNRWA meets their demands.

Yusif Adawi
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1 ) Benedict Thong / Canada
27/12/2013 22:55
Is he dead yet? Can you let us know any up-dates? Funerals, parades and riots, you know that sort of thing. I realise that getting a job with UNWRA was always thought of as a job for life , but this man is taking things to an extreme.

2 ) Refugee / Palestine
31/12/2013 13:31
this man was my teacher at school in dheisheh, he isnt taking things to the extreme, he simply protesting against the UNRWA procedures toward its employees.. strike is a right, the end of it isnt death, at least practicing a right

3 ) C.Dickenson / (St) Fagin's, S. Wales
31/12/2013 16:06
Striking is a 'right' recognised in may countries. If UNWRA has a bar on employing Palestinians previously imprisoned in Isreal, that is totally wrong. Palestine is currently occupied, and UNWRA has a duty to help the people it is serving. Secondly, despite the cause (or morality) of the imprisonment, what about the 'Rehabilitation of Offenders/POW's' (depending on whether you agree with the definition of offender, as some would argue they are POW's). UNWRA take note! Good luck to the strikers.
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