14 Sep 2012

Nazi Gulag: Plight of the Palestinian prisoners against apartheid on hunger strike - Remember Palestine

Mr. Al-Barq has been on hunger strike for over 90 days, directly following his previous 30-day hunger strike. Mr. Al-Barq was transferred from Ramleh to Ofer military court on 31 July-it is known for their particularly brutal treatment of prisoners during transfers.

During this transfer, the Special Forces ordered Mr. Al-Barq to walk, and when he told them that he could not, they beat him on his legs. They eventually brought him a wheelchair but did not help him, so he was forced to crawl to the chair and wheel it himself.

Mr. Safadi, who is now on his renewed hunger strike for over 60days following his previous 71 day hunger strike. Five Israeli soldiers raided his room. They first tore his pillow before starting to insult him and beat him all over his body, leaving his left leg injured.

Mr. Safadi noted that his room is searched three or four times each day in a violent manner, though he is held in a small isolation cell with only his clothes. He and Mr. Al-Barq are now held together in this cell, which is only about 1.5 by 1.8 meters in size, with no windows or ventilation.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) are particularly concerned for the lives of administrative detainees.

Mr. Safadi elaborated to the PHR-IL doctor it was only after he complained to guards that it was hard to breathe in his cell that they immediately brought Mr. Al-Barq to share the tiny cell with him.

Furthermore, there is no space in the room for the wheelchair that is being used by both hunger strikers for everyday activities, including the use of shower and toilet. After he again protested these conditions and treatment, he and Mr. Al-Barq were both beaten.

In the PHR-IL doctor’s visit on 2 August, the IPS doctor noted that Mr. Al-Barq and Mr. Safadi are often refusing any treatments such as minerals and vitamins. Both of them told the doctor that they are doing so as a last resort to protest against the humiliating and violent treatment by IPS staff.  Source

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