Battling death, Al-Qiq refuses conditional release

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Palestinian administrative prisoner and journalist, Mohammad Al-Qiq on Sunday refused an Israeli offer to release him on May 1 in return for suspending his hunger strike, the Prisoners’ Committee said Sunday.

According to the Prisoners’ and Ex-prisoners’ Committee, the Israeli offer was put forward to the Palestinian MK Osama al-Saadi and lawyer Ashraf Abu Sneineh overnight Saturday after Al-Qiq’s health had sharply deteriorated at the Afula hospital and after medics expressed fears that he would die at any moment, PIC reports.

Al-Qiq voiced his firm rebuff of any conditional release, calling for his immediate release.

Ashraf Abu Sneina, one of al-Qiq’s attorneys, on Friday stated that al-Qiq health condition had a significant deterioration, adding that he has lost the ability to speak and continues to suffer from fatigue, dizziness and difficulty when breathing.

Al-Q iq was arrested on 21 November 2015 when Israeli soldiers blew up the front door of his house and took him in for interrogation at Israel’s Kishon (Jalame) detention center.

His hunger-strike, that was started on 24 November 2015, came as a protest against administrative detention in Israeli prisons for six months without any charges or court.

Mohammed, 33, reporter for the Saudi-owned TV channel Almajd and a father of two, is one of 660 Palestinians being held in administrative detention according to Adameer – the highest number since 2008, according to data released in December.