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Living Under Israeli State Terror

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On September 2, Addameer headlined "Imminent danger to lives of hunger strikers Samer Al-Barq and Hassan Safadi." As of September 10, Samer's been hunger striking for 112 days. It followed his previous 30 day abstinence.

Hassan's on his 82nd day. Previously he hunger struck for 71 days. At issue is long denied justice. Both men risk dying for it. On August 30, Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad visited them and Ayman Sharawna. He's refused food for 72 days.

Samer was too weak to meet with Fares or get out of bed. All three are in imminent danger. Hassan experiences extreme fatigue, can't sleep, and instead falls unconscious two or three times daily. He suffers from numerous life-threatening problems. He's also experiencing chronic upper waist and joint pain.

When hospitalized, their arms and legs are painfully shackled to beds. Soldiers guard them at all times. Israel bears full responsibility for their condition and death if they don't survive.

On September 7, Samer's father protested at Egypt's Ramallah embassy. "Every minute matters," he said. He's been hunger striking since April 17. Dignity and freedom matter more than food.

Israel won't let family members see him. Samer's father is bearing up best he can. His mother is traumatized and depressed. She's been hospitalized over what's happened to her son. He's held lawlessly uncharged. 

International pressure for him, Hassan, Ayman, and a fourth hunger striker is absent. World leaders able to make a difference don't care if they live or die. They've said nothing about torture, other physical abuse, isolation, and denial of adequate medical care.

Israel renewed Samer's uncharged administrative detention seven times. He can be kept imprisoned lawlessly indefinitely. Perhaps death alone can free him. His father believes only a miracle can save him. Israel is slowly killing him.

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