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Israel Reneges on Hunger Striker Deal

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On June 21, Addameer headlined "Urgent: Hunger striker's administrative detention order renewed in violation of recent agreement," saying:

Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad confirmed that Hassan Safadi "re-launched his hunger strike and is currently being held in solitary punishment."

He's likely being beaten and punished other ways. Israel's gulag matches the world's worst in harshness.

Safadi refused food for 71 days before ingesting food. He risked his life for justice. It brought him more pain.

He was promised release. Instead, Israel ordered his lawless administrative detention extended another six months. Indefinite renewals may follow.

He's uncharged and untried. He committed no crimes. He's held for political reasons like thousands of other Palestinians.

While on strike, he "was subjected to severe ill-treatment by Israeli prison authorities...."

He was restrained and forcefully injected with unknown substances. Doing so violates fundamental medical ethics. 

Adopted by the World and Israeli Medical Associations, the Malta Declaration states:

"Physicians need to satisfy themselves that food or treatment refusal is the individual's voluntary choice. Hunger strikers should be protected from coercion." 

"Physicians can often help to achieve this and should be aware that coercion may come from the peer group, the authorities or others, such as family members." 

"Physicians or other health care personnel may not apply undue pressure of any sort on the hunger striker to suspend the strike. Treatment or care of the hunger striker must not be conditional upon suspension of the hunger strike."

When Hassan resumed eating, he was in critical condition. During his hunger strike, he was severely beaten. He sustained injuries. 

Israeli prison doctors refused treatment. Independent physicians were denied permission to see him.

He's been imprisoned for nearly a year uncharged. Extending his term another six months blatantly violates agreement terms. Addameer fears he'll resume striking and risk death. He's extremely frail and can't tolerate much more.

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