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Palestinian man in Israel clings to life amid starvation strike

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man held by Israel with out prices has been on a starvation strike for greater than two months and is clinging to life, his supporters mentioned Thursday.

A lawyer for Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, 28, mentioned his shopper’s situation has deteriorated in current days and that he desires to be transferred from Israel’s Kaplan Hospital to a Palestinian hospital.

Medical data dated July 7 and reviewed by The Related Press present that Abu Atwan has gone via a number of durations the place he refused to drink water or fluids with sugar, salt or nutritional vitamins.

The data described him as “noticeably weak, virtually unable to talk” and unable to maneuver his decrease limbs.

The case has drawn renewed consideration to “administrative detention,” a controversial Israeli coverage through which it holds suspected Palestinian militants with out prices for months at a time. The coverage has drawn criticism from human rights teams.

Legal professional Jawad Boulos mentioned Abu Atwan was arrested in October, launched and arrested once more, however by no means charged.

He mentioned Abu Atwan’s administrative detention was not too long ago suspended by Israel’s Supreme Court docket as a consequence of his dire well being situation. However the court docket’s ruling left him “sick and captive within the hospital,” Boulos mentioned.

“His solely demand right this moment is that he be launched instantly and return to his house free, or that he be transferred to a Palestinian hospital, in order that he can full his remedy there,” Boulos informed the AP.

The hospital refused to touch upon his situation, citing privateness legal guidelines. The Shin Guess safety service confirmed the court docket’s selections on suspending Abu Atwan’s detention, refusing to offer additional particulars.

Below the executive detention coverage, Israel holds Palestinians with out prices on suspicion of undisclosed safety offenses. The detention orders are renewable and have generated stiff blowback from teams that allege the observe violates the appropriate to due course of.

The Palestinian Prisoners Membership, an advocacy group that represents the hundreds of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, mentioned Abu Atwan started his starvation strike Could 5 in jail and was topic to abuse and assault. It alleged that he was then transferred to a number of prisons, overwhelmed and sprayed with a substance that made it exhausting to breathe.

On June 21, the group mentioned, Abu Atwan’s well being significantly deteriorated and he required pressing medical consideration.

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Bentov reported from Rehovot, Israel.

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