#PalHunger | Lawyer: No deal to free Mahmoud Sarsak

URGENT | June 14, 2012 | 20 children started hunger strike in Israeli prison

Maan | June 18, 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — No deal has been reached to free Mahmoud al-Sarsak, who entered his 92nd day of hunger strike Monday, his lawyer said.

Mohammad Jaberein, who visited al-Sarsak in Ramle prison clinic on Sunday, told Ma’an that negotiations for a deal were ongoing.

Al-Sarsak is demanding his release after spending nearly three years in jail without charge or trial.

An Israeli district court on Thursday rejected an appeal to hospitalize al-Sarsak and to allow his family to visit, said Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, the group that submitted the appeal.

A representative for PHRI told Ma’an the judge had accepted a brief medical report submitted by the Israeli Prison Service which did not address concerns raised by independent doctors.

On June 6, PHRI sent an independent doctor to visit al-Sarsak after petitioning an Israeli court for access. It was al-Sarsak’s only visit by an independent doctor throughout his 3-month strike.

The doctor said al-Sarsak suffered frequent incidents of fainting, loss of consciousness and lapses in memory and was in danger of life-threatening arrhythmias.

Al-Sarsak has been briefly hospitalized on several occasions and returned to Ramle prison.

His family have not been permitted to visit him since his arrest at the Erez crossing in July 2009. Al-Sarsak was leaving Gaza for the West Bank, where he had a contract to play professional soccer.

Jabarein told Ma’an on that he was called to visit al-Sarsak urgently on June 10, when he was briefly hospitalized, because Israeli officials feared he was close to death.

The lawyer said he was met by 15 doctors at the hospital, who warned al-Sarsak was at risk of losing consciousness and paralysis. Al-Sarsak agreed to drink milk to prolong his life until a judicial review scheduled for last Thursday, Jabarein said.

Jabarein did not comment Monday on the outcome of the review. The prisoner rights group Addameer has not been able to determine the outcome either, and Israel has made no announcements.

Addameer’s lawyers have not yet been able to visit al-Sarsak.

Palestinian Prisoners Society lawyer Jawad Boulos has been involved in talks on al-Sarsak’s case, but neither he nor the society’s director Qadura Fares could be reached by Ma’an for comment.

PHRI and Addameer note that consuming milk does not break a hunger strike.

A representative of PHRI told Ma’an that milk is less nutritious than other supplements consumed during a hunger strike, which include vitamins, minerals, salts and glucose. Drinking milk will not reduce the danger to al-Sarsak’s life, PHRI added.


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