Fears grow over health of hunger-striking Palestinian
Lawyers decry court date proposed by Israel for detained journalist Mohammad al-Qeq fearing he could die before hearing.
The hearing of a hunger-striking Palestinian journalist whose weight has fallen below 30kg must be moved forward in order to save his life, the defendant’s lawyers said.
The Israeli Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it would consider an appeal to release 33-year-old Mohammad al-Qeq, a Palestinian journalist engaged in a 58-day hunger strike, on February 25 - a date many have said is too far away.
“He’s in a very bad situation. He fell into his third coma in recent days, and his weight has dropped to 30kg,” Ashraf Abu Sneina, al-Qeq’s attorney, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday. “This week, he only drank water twice.”
Al-Qeq began his hunger strike on November 24 in protest of Israel’s administrative detention.
Administrative detention is a practice in which Israel jails Palestinians for renewable six-month intervals on “secret evidence” without charge or trial.
Please see picture at the link. No matter where one stands on this issue, the commitment and dedication of this journalist is striking.
Of the estimated 6,800 Palestinians behind bars in December, at least 660 were administrative detainees, according to Addameer.
Officials from Afula hospital declined Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
The Israeli Knesset passed a law in June 2015 codifying force-feeding of hunger strikers.
A lot of prisoners and apparently, no charges on al-Qeq. I’d note, he hardly looks like a hardened criminal type. A story to watch.