Janazra enters 57th day of hunger strike while in solitary confinement

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Sami Janazra, 43, a Palestinian detainee, entered his 57th day of hunger strike on Thursday while in solitary confinement in Israel’s Ela prison in Beersheba.

Janazra, a resident of al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, was initially kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in November and openly declared his hunger strike in March after the Israeli Authorities renewed his administrative detention — internment without trial or charge.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed, Thursday, that Janazra went on hunger strike on March 3, protesting his administrative detention, without charges, despite his deteriorating health condition.

PPS also stated that Israeli prison authorities have since moved the hunger-striker between Israeli prisons as a way of pressuring him to end the strike, before placing him in solitary confinement at the start of this week.

His health has continued to deteriorate since the end of March when he began suffering kidney, chest, and teeth pain, eventually having difficulty walking and experiencing permanent dizziness.

According to his family, he has lost 52 kilograms of his overall weight and has gone through critical cardiovascular disorders along with a hypotension.

Janazra went on hunger strike while being held in the Negev detention camp, in the Negev Desert, and on March 13, he received another administrative detention order for four additional months, for the second time since his abduction on November 15, 2015.

He was recently appointed a hearing at the Israeli Supreme Court to be held on May 16th after an initial appeal was rejected earlier in April at the Ofer military court.

Timeline:

November 15, 2015: he was kidnapped by the IOF;

March 3, 2016: He started his hunger-strike.

March 20, 2016: Israeli Prison Authority started moving him from a detention center to another, in an attempt to pressure him into halting his strike.

He was moved from the Negev to Ofer, then back to solitary confinement in the Negev before he was moved to Soroka hospital, then back to the Negev and later to Ayala prison.

March 31, 2016: A PPS lawyer  visited him. Janazra complained of constant pain in his chest, kidneys and teeth, but did not stop, or pause, his strike.

April 7, 2016: He was sent to the Ofer military court, and his appeal against his Administrative Detention was denied.

April 14, 2016: the PPS lawyer visited Janazra again in solitary in the Negev. He complained he was unable to walk, in addition to feeling dizzy and lack of balance standing or sitting, in addition to harsh living conditions.

April 19, 2016: The PPS lawyer visited Janazra and released he developed spasms. In addition, he also fainted earlier and fell onto the ground, causing a deep head wound.

April 24, 2016: Janazra was moved to Soroka Israeli hospital in Beersheba and later moved to back to Ayala prison, on April 27th.

There are more than 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including 660 administrative detainees; many of them have been subjected to torture.

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