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Palestinian prisoner 'at risk of death' 2 months into hunger strike
Published Sunday 16/03/2014 (updated) 27/03/2014 17:47
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man on hunger strike in Israeli custody is at risk of dying, a lawyer said Sunday.

Palestinian Authority Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs lawyer Hiba Masalha said she visited hunger striker Waheed Abu Maria in Wolfson Hospital on Saturday, and that he is in critical condition.

Abu Maria, who has been on hunger strike for 67 days, has lost 88 lbs, is unable to walk, and suffers from continuous head and chest pain in addition to shortness of breath, memory loss, and vision impairment, Masalha said.

The hunger striker only accepts salt and water, refusing vitamins and medical examinations, the lawyer said.

She added that three guards are stationed in his hospital ward, where his left hand and right leg are chained to his bed. He is not allowed to receive visitors.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Prison Service confirmed that Abu Maria had been transferred to a hospital and that guards were stationed in his room.

She said she could not provide any further details about his health or the status of his administrative detention.

Abu Maria is a leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement who is being held in administrative detention without a trial.

According to prisoner rights group Addameer, Abu Maria was arrested on Oct. 30, 2012 after the Israeli army "launched sound grenade bombs ... and used a remote device to blow up (his) front door."

"After causing significant damage to the home, a large number of (Israeli army) forces entered the house and tried to physically remove Waheed from the premises," the Addameer report says.

"The raid in its entirety lasted for three hours, until Waheed was arrested and immediately taken to Ofer Military Prison and given an administrative detention order for six months."

The report says his administrative detention has been extended five times since he was first arrested.

According to a Saturday report by the Palestinian Prisoners' Society, 12 Palestinians are currently on hunger strike in Israeli custody.

According to Israeli human rights group B'tselem, in October 2013, 140 Palestinians were being kept in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, down from a high of nearly 1,000 in 2002.

4,881 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Jan. 2014, according to a report by the same organization. Another 1,415 were in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.
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1 ) So are we / Supposed to
16/03/2014 23:35
..... Feel bad for him?? He's just another Palestinian Attention whore

2 ) j / usa
17/03/2014 03:03
Simple solution. Go eat

3 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
17/03/2014 13:42
There is no greater act of self sacrifice in our world then to hunger and thirst for justice in this way. My prayers are with this man and the just cause he hungers for.

4 ) Hamza Abu Ghraib / M.East
17/03/2014 23:22
All Palestinian prisoners should be treated as POW's. Hunger striking is a last resort, thoughts & prayers with Waheed Abu Maria & all the other prisoners languishing in Zionist prisons. #1 & 2 you are so sad, 1 more so than 2.

5 ) Reality Check / World
24/03/2014 03:51
He is a leader of Islamic Jihad, right? A group sworn to kill Israeli's regardless if man, woman or child, based on sick, demented, fanatical ideological beliefs, right? So if its justice you want Sherri, then let this animal starve himself to death.
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