Al-Qiq showing stroke symptoms

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Doctors in the Emek hospital on Saturday said that administrative prisoner, journalist Mohamed Al-Qiq has been showing stroke symptoms 81 days into his hunger strike against arbitrary imprisonment, adding that he is now fighting death.

Lawyer of the  Palestinian commission of detainees and ex-detainees, Hiba Masalha, said that the hospital put its doctors on high alert due to the seriousness of Qiq’s health condition, PIC reported.

Masalha asserted that doctors in the hospital started to talk openly about serious complications happening to the prisoner, “who is fighting for his life.”

According to PIC, the lawyer also warned that the weak and fatigued body of the hunger striker cannot resist any stroke regardless of its nature, especially that he has not been able to sleep for more than 48 hours because of the acute pains he suffers from.

On Friday, The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) created an online petition on Avaaz to demand the European Parliament (EU) to free Mohammed al-Qiq and to suspend its Association Agreement with Israel until it complies with international law.

Al-Qiq 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.

He is one of 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including 660 administrative detainees and 18 journalists. Nearly all are tortured during interrogations by Israeli occupation forces.

Under international law, administrative detention is only permissible as a last resort and in cases of an immediate threat.