#PalHunger | Rikhawi brothers join hunger strikes after Israel reneges agreement

Note from occpal: Previously by Israel released prisoners received a Presidential Pardon of Peres. Also called Amnesty or Clemency by law to restore ones civil rights and being totally pardoned for the (alleged) crimes if even in the case of Palestinians’ ever charged before at all. Re-arresting pardoned prisoners (also from the Wafa al Ahrar deal) without any charge is a severe violation of human rights.

Al Akhbar English | Jan 31, 2013


palhunger-bannerTwo brothers joined a group of hunger strikers demanding an end to their extrajudicial detentions in the occupied West Bank last week, Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer reported Wednesday.

Akram and Shadi Rikhawi, both prisoners, started a water and sugar diet on January 24, after Israel refused to honor an agreement made last year to release Akram on 25 January 2013.

He was first arrested in June 2004, and observed a 102-day hunger strike last year to protest Israel’s rejection of his appeal for early release on medical grounds. He ended the strike after Israeli courts agreed to free him six months prior to his original release date.

Three other Palestinian prisoners – Samer Issawi, Tariq Qa’adan and Jafar Azzidine – have observed hunger strikes for over 60 days, with Issawi now on his 191st day. They are under administrative detention, Israel’s routine practice of detaining Palestinians for an indefinite period and without charge.



The hunger strikers observe diets that are a variations of water, salt and sugar diets. Issawi, 33, is currently wheelchair-bound and weighs 48 kilograms. Qa’adan and Azzidine were transferred to a hospital last week after their health rapidly deteriorated.

It has been reported that Issawi’s mother was recently hospitalized.

Last Sunday, Addameer published annual prisoner statistics that showed a decline in the number of Palestinian political prisoners since mass hunger strikes swept through the country’s prisons last April.

The figure dropped from 322 prisoners in April 2012 to 178 in January 2013.

Over 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested in the West Bank since Israel annexed the territory in 1967, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Ministry. The UN estimates that more than 70 percent of Palestinian families have had at least one family member arrested.

(Al-Akhbar)


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