More than 44 day of a continuous hunger strike
and Hana Al-Shalabi waits for her imminent death..
The battle of dignity and persistence is still on..
Khader Adnan, the former detainee whose steadfastness longs for 66 day with no food against what so-called the administrative detainment still spreads his principles among all detainees and freer..
On October 18, Hana Al-Shalabi was released via Hamas-Israel exchange. Her freedom comes after more than 2years of detainment without ever being informed of the reason behind being in a dark dirty cell 23hours a day. In other words, she can go out in a narrow dark corridor inside prison for an hour walking watching by a monitor of prison forces. This corridor is covered with a gapped ceiling to enter a little of the sun heat for the purpose of sport as the prison forces claims.
Hana was detained with no trials or even charges brought against her. After less than 4 months and specifically in the morn of 16 February 2012, the IOF troops detained her again“. On 23 February 2012 Ms. Hana Shalabi was given an administrative detainment order for six months. Two mutual detention and no charges but only being horribly mistreated. Her last arrest as her former ones also included a forcing strip search by a male soldier, beating her miserably, and later putting her in a solitary confinement. As a Palestinian woman, Hana doesn’t accept the Israeli mistreatment against her consequently she begins a new mould of resistance. Hana commences a strong powerful battle using her empty stomach as a tool she has to defend her freedom and dignity. On 29 February there was a discussion regarding Hana’s detainment in Ofer military court. On 4 March the military court decided to reduce the detainment period from six to four months, but without promising not to extend or renew it. As a result, Ms. Hana Shalabi announced she would continue to hunger strike until her release.
Still, everyday or less the military trial has a decision but unfortunately nothing of these things release her. On 7 March, an appeal hearing regarding the court’s verdict was held at Ofer, and the military judge ordered the parties to try and reach a compromise by Sunday 11 March, but an agreement has not yet been reached.
What is the administrative detainment
It is the kind of detainment neglecting prisoners’ basic rights. In this kind, the prisoner is detained with no charges thus no advocate can support or defend the prisoner since there is no charge to deal with. Sometimes, the Israeli military chair judge claims that the prisoner has what so-called secret files. No one can see these files except the panel in the Israeli military trial. Even the Palestinian prisoners’ advocates can’t see these files. The Israeli trials can put any prisoner from anywhere inside her dark dirty cells for unlimited period. Administrative detainment allows “Israel” to hold detainees for indefinitely renewable six-month periods. Nowadays, more than 300 prisoners are detained under the pretext of administrative detainment. Still, many organizations all over the world call for ending this kind of illegal captivity but as usual “Israel” is against the law and the human rights. Hence, this kind of detainment was found inPalestinewhenBritainoccupied it before 1948. After that and to be more specific when Britain leaves Palestine, she leaves this detainment but “Israel” is the only system which still believes on this detainment after all countries refuses it as an illegal kind.
Nowadays, administrative detainees’ protests are growing. Until now more than 34 of the administrative detainees are on hunger strike. For instance, Bilal Diab and Thair Halahleh declared hunger strikes on 1 March and they stated that they will continue until their release from administrative detainment. Since the beginning of March, a number of administrative detainees have refused to acknowledge the military court and refused to participate in legal discussions of their cases. A hunger strike provides as a non-violent and sole tool available to administrative detainees to fight and protest for their basic human rights.