#PalHunger | PA official: Israel to deport hunger striking Samer al-Barq to Egypt

Maan News Agency | Sept 16, 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have decided to deport hunger-striking prisoner Samer al-Barq to Egypt, a PA official said Sunday.

Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe told Ma’an that Israel agreed to al-Barq’s request to be deported to the country.

No date has been set for the arrangement to be carried out, Qaraqe added, noting that al-Barq will not end his hunger strike action until the agreement is finalized.

According to the PA minister, Israel had previously agreed to deport al-Barq but a host country could not be found.

The hunger striking detainee is married to a Pakistani citizen and had previously expressed a desire to be released to the country, Qaraqe added.

Al-Barq is on his 118th day of renewed hunger strike. He has been detained without charge or trial since July 2010.

He ended a month-long hunger strike in May after Israel agreed to address the issue of administrative detention and resumed his hunger strike a week later when Israel renewed his detention without charge or trial.

Hunger strikers in critical condition

The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday called on Israel to “do all it can to preserve the health” of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

In addition to al-Barq, Hassan Safadi has been on renewed hunger strike for 88 days and Ayman Sharawna has refused food for 78 days.

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday that the hunger strikers were in a critical condition, and urged a prompt solution.

Safadi is suffering heart contractions and chronic pain in his kidneys and joints, Fares Ziad, a lawyer for the prisoner rights group Addameer, said.

Israel has never brought any charges against Safadi, despite detaining him repeatedly since the mid 1990s.

Safadi ended a previous 71-day hunger strike after Israel agreed not to renew the administrative detention of long-term hunger strikers in its May deal to end a mass strike.

He restarted his hunger strike in June when Israel renewed his detention order without a trial in breach of the deal.

Ziad also visited Sharawna, who is vomiting blood as well as the water he drinks, and has lost 80 percent of the vision in his right eye.

Sharawna was released in Israel’s prisoner swap deal with Hamas in October 2011, but rearrested in January. Israel has not charged him with any crime.


A journal published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

“On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”.

The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.


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