Palestinian hunger striker’s life at risk

Official says Palestinian journalist on hunger strike in Israel is in critical condition

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq who has been on a 48-day hunger strike remains in critical condition

A Palestinian journalist who has been on a 48-day hunger strike in an Israeli jail is in critical condition and his situation seems to be worsening, the man's wife and a Palestinian official said Monday.

Thirty-three-year-old Mohammed al-Qeq is protesting his six-month administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold prisoners without charging them.

His wife, Faihaa al-Qeq, said Israel "accused him of incitement."

Al-Qeq is under watch at an Israeli hospital, according to Israel's prison service, which refused to comment on his condition. Israel's internal security agency Shin Bet did not immediately respond to a request for comment either.

"Al-Qeq is in critical condition after 48 days in hunger strike and his life is at risk," said Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs.

Al-Qeq, who was arrested on November 21, works as a reporter for the Saudi channel Al-Majd as well as appearing as an analyst on channels linked to Hamas. Israel has also arrested him in the past for his ties with Hamas' student organisation.

Hamas is a Palestinian resistance movement based in the Gaza Strip, which is against the illegal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands.

Al-Qeq is the first journalist to carry out a hunger strike among many others who have used it in the past to draw attention to their sentence without trial or charges.

Israel fears a hunger striker’s death could spark violence among the people. Israel at times has accepted the demands of hunger strikers and has released them at the end of their terms of detention. The country is known for extending the administrative detention of suspects in some cases.

Israel’s parliament passed a law last July that allows the Israeli Prison Service to force-feed a fasting detainee if his life is in danger, even if the prisoner objects.

TRTWorld, AP