Friday, 30 May 2014

Israel denies family of hospitalized hunger striker right to visit


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison officials on Thursday rejected a request made by the family of a hunger striker to visit him in hospital, nearly a month after he stopped eating in protest against his detention without trial.

The Palestinian prisoners' rights association Addameer filed a request for the family of Abdulrazzaq Farraj, 51, to visit him at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba inside Israel, where he has been held since he was recently hospitalized.

Israeli prison officials said they were denying Farraj visitation rights until June 5, without providing further details.

Farraj has been held in Israeli administrative detention for a total of around nine years, and his most recent arrest was on Feb. 25 when he was placed under administrative detention for six months.

More than 100 Palestinian administrative detainees launched a hunger strike in late April in protest against their continued detention without trial or charge, a practice Israel in 2012 promised to put an end to outside of exceptional cases as part of a deal to end a previous hunger strike.

Since then, more than 100 others have joined the strike, and thousands have taken part in day-long solidarity strikes. more

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