Palestinian Hunger Striker Close to Death
by Stephen Lendman
Israel considers independent journalists criticizing its rogue agenda terrorists – especially Palestinians reporting its high crimes.
Last November, Israeli forces lawlessly arrested Mohammed Elqeiq violently, denied him family and legal council contacts for days – accusing him of “journalistic incitement” without issuing formal charges.
He’s administratively held in detention for doing his job, brutally tortured during grueling interrogations – beaten, sleep deprived, kept blindfolded, exposed to extreme cold and other forms of abuse.
Hunger-striking for justice for 50 days has him close to death. He’s hospitalized in critical condition. Palestinian Detainees Committee head Issa Qaraqe said numerous “serious health issues” threaten his life.
“We are worried that Israeli prison authorities will force-feed him,” a prescription for murder in his frail condition, the pain likely to kill him.
Last weekend, he slipped into a coma. International organizations and human rights were asked to intervene to save his life.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) issued a statement, demanding his release.
It called on “all international human rights and freedom of expression organizations to put pressure on Israeli Occupation Government…” Otherwise he’ll likely die.
He’s vomiting and urinating blood, his father explained. His life hangs in the balance – one of many Palestinian victims of Israeli barbarism.
His wife Faiha’a Shalash called his arrest unjustifiable, explaining his horrific treatment in detention – tortured and confined under conditions unfit for human habitation before being hospitalized.
He was detained for reporting Israeli high crimes against humanity, its unrestrained viciousness, wanting all negative news about its rogue regime suppressed.
His lawyer warned about force-feeding “hav(ing) a lethal outcome.” Israel’s war on Palestine continues relentlessly. Deaths mount daily, an entire population targeted.
Extreme brutality is Israel’s strategy of choice, endless crimes of war and against humanity – with full support and encouragement from Washington.
Elqeiq committed no crimes, deplores violence, remains committed for Palestinian rights. Israel targeted him for doing his job.
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