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Struggling on Empty Stomachs for Justice

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Israel won't let Akram or other prisoners get proper care. He faces imminent death. Fasting, severe weight loss, and chronic illnesses threaten him. 

He suffers from diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure. He's been held unjustly at Ramle since 2004. He demands release on medical grounds.

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On June 14, an Israeli District Court rejected PHR-I's request to transfer him to civilian care. It also denied his release petition and won't intervene to permit family visits. 

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Even Israel's draconian gulag rules provide parole eligibility after two-thirds of sentences are served. Akram qualifies. It didn't help.

He's held in the same room as Samer Barq. He's also hunger striking. On June 22, he reached day 33. He's administratively detained uncharged.

Akram said he and Samer retain hope. Their morale is high. Their cause is just. They deserve freedom, not prison. They committed no crimes. They're both pressured to resume eating.

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Like thousands of others in Israel's gulag, they're political prisoners. They resist courageously. Struggling for justice with empty stomachs is their only option. They hope they won't be forgotten.

Addameer and PHR-I urge continued pressure to get Israel to observe its international law obligations.

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