Al-Qiq refuses Israeli deportation offer in exchange with release

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The 3-month hunger striking journalist, Mohammad Al-Qiq on monday refused an Israeli offer to be released in exchange with two-year-deportation order from Israel.

The Israeli Intelligence Services (Shin Bet) made this suggesstion as Israeli military prosecution refused any deals that might save Al-Qiq’s life, as his family is now prevented from visiting him.

The Palestinian Authority committee for prisoners’ studies considered this offer made by  the Shin Bet as part of the Israeli revenge policy towards al-Qiq.

Ninety days have passed since al-Qiq went on a hunger strike to protest his arrest and administrative detention in Israeli prisons for six months without any charges filed against him.

He is one of 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including 660 administrative detainees and 18 journalists; many of them have been subjected to torture.

“Al-Qiq’s arrest and subsequent detention without trial only highlight Israel’s draconian measures against Palestinians. Both Prime Minister Hamdallah and President Abbas have made it one of their top priorities to secure the release of al-Qiq along with the many Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli jails,” said Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications & Media at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Last week, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club announced that four more Palestinians were on open-ended hunger strikes against administrative detention.  Samer Issawi is one of them. He stopped eating since last week in solidarity with al-Qiq.

UntitledSeveral human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, demanded the immediate release of al-Qiq whose health has deteriorated rapidly.

The 33-year-old journalist and father of two is reportedly on the verge of organ failure after only consuming water with salt.

Al-Qiq was working as a correspondent for Saudi Arabia’s Almajd television network when he was arrested at his West Bank home in Ramallah on November 21.

In this video, Fayha Shalash makes an urgent appeal on behalf of her husband.

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