Malik al-Qadi’s Lapses into a Coma After 56 Days of Hunger Strike

Malik al-Qadi continues strike for freedom. (Photo: via

The Israeli prison administration Friday urgently summoned the mother of hunger striker, Malik al-Qadi, to the Wolfson Medical Center where the 25-year-old has reportedly slipped into a coma.

Al-Qadi has been on hunger strike for 56 days, beginning on July 16 in protest of being placed under administrative detention, without charge or trial, and based on undisclosed evidence.

Executive Director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Abdallah al-Zhgari, told Ma’an that the PPS had previously applied for permits to allow the mothers of al-Qadi and the hunger-striking Balboul brothers to visit their sons.

Al-Zghari emphasized that al-Qadi’s mother had visited him on Friday after his administrative detention was suspended by an Israeli court, and has since remained by his side. He added that families are permitted to visit the hunger strikers once their administrative detentions have been suspended.

Al-Zghari also highlighted to Ma’an that Israeli prison officials are attempting to force treatment on al-Qadi due to being in a coma, despite his previous announcement that he should not be treated during his strike regardless of his health condition.

Al-Zghari told Ma’an he feared al-Qadi death could be imminent. He is a journalism and media student at al-Quds University in Abu Dis.


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