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Palestinian hunger-striking inmate’s father warns of his son’s deteriorating health condition

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows Miqdad al-Qawasmeh, the Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days. (Photo by the Palestinian Information Center)

The father of a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days against Israel’s so-called policy of administrative detention has warned of his son’s deteriorating health condition, calling for intensified efforts to save him from “certain death.”

Miqdad al-Qawasmeh’s father said his son’s health condition further deteriorated after Israeli authorities transferred him from Israel's Kaplan Hospital to the infamous Ramla prison infirmary in an attempt to break his strike, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Monday.

He further stressed there needs to be an immediate response to the Israeli regime’s repressive measures, and called for increased efforts by Palestinians to release his son whose life “is in real danger.”

Since last January, Qawasmeh has been in the Israeli administrative detention with no trial or indictment.

There are also five other prisoners who have been on hunger strike for different periods in protest at their detention, with most of them suffering from life-threatening health issues due to their protracted hunger strike.

The latest development came after the occupying regime’s prosecution office informed the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) of its intent to extend the administrative detention of Qawasmeh earlier this week.

The PPS said in a statement that the extension was announced after the military prosecution claimed there had been medical reports of an improvement in Qawasmeh’s health condition.

Jawad Bolus, a PPS lawyer, said the advocacy group would hold the Israeli prosecution fully responsible for the consequences of such a move, and called for referring to previous reports issued by medical officials in Israel's Kaplan Hospital, which confirmed that the 24-year-old hunger striker was facing possible death.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has said the Israeli Prison Service is medically neglecting Palestinian patients in the regime’s jails, especially those in the Ramla prison hospital.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of them have apparently been incarcerated under the administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention centers without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

Administrative detention is illegal under international law. However, the Israeli regime uses it to repress the Palestinian people.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strike in protest at the administrative detention policy and harsh conditions in Israeli jails.

The Israeli parliament, Knesset, has already approved a law which made way for Israel’s prison officials to force-feed hunger strikers if their condition becomes life-threatening.

Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment and repression all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

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