Lawyer Warns Palestinian Hunger Strikers Can’t Walk, See

Palestinian prisoners risk their lives to obtain basic rights in Israeli jails. (Photo:, file)

Kareem Ajwa, the lawyer of the Palestinian detainees and ex-detainees affairs body warned against the worsening health conditions of three Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails: Anas Shadid, Ahmed Abu Fara and Nourddin Imer.

Abu Fara and Shadid, who have been on hunger strike since September 25, according to the lawyer who visited them at Asaf Hori hospital, have lost the ability to walk, speak or see. According to him, Abu Fara has lost 23 kg of his weight.

Abu Fara refuses to take any sort of supporting food and only drinks water and insists on continuing his hunger strike until he gets his freedom. Abu Fara went on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention without charge or trial in Israeli jails.

According to Ajwa, the condition of hunger striker Anas Shadid is the worst among the three. His weight went down to 40 kg and he suffers from sever pain all over his body and can’t walk and has seeing difficulties. He refuses to end his hunger strike until his administrative detention order is terminated.

As for Nourddin Imer, who is placed in solitary confinement at Askalan prison, he began his hunger strike 17 days ago to protest his solitary confinement. He was detained in 2003 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He has been in solitary confinement for the last three years as Israel claims that he “poses a threat to the security of Israel.”

His brothers, Nidal and Abdesalam, who are also detained by Israel, have begun a hunger strike in solidarity with their detained brother.


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