Saturday, 12 May 2012

Hunger-striker Bilal Diab writes will to family

JENIN (Ma'an) -- Hunger-striker Bilal Diab has sent a will to his family in the northern West Bank on his 75th day without food, relatives said on Saturday.

Diab, 27, has refused food since Feb. 29 to protest his detention without charge in Israeli jail.

His family, from Jenin-district town Kufr Rai, said they received his will on Saturday detailing his wishes in case of his death.

"We will have victory, but only through either martyrdom or immediate release -- not any partial solution as claimed by the prisons administration," Diab wrote. more

Immediate and adequate healthcare needed for hunger strikers – World Health Organisation

Israel has been urged to give quick and sustainable health care to Palestinian hunger strikers including their transfer to civilian hospitals.

Some 1,600 Palestinian prisoners are currently refusing food in protest against solitary confinement, detention without charge and restrictions on family visits, education and various privileges.

They have stated their concern regarding one of the strikers who is suffering from thalassemia a blood condition and has “refused his regular lifesaving blood transfusions in addition to food.

The hunger strikers have gained international attention within Europe and the rest of the world. Two of the protestors Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla marked their 73rd day without food on Friday however the Red Cross and various rights groups say that several prisoners who are also close to death. more