The life of journalist Mohammed Adeeb Al Qeiq, 33, who has been on hunger strike for 69 consecutive days, is in danger as his health condition continues to deteriorate. He now suffers from severe pain in the right side of his body and in his eyes. He has lost a significant amount of weight and can’t speak or move his body.
At approximately 2:00 am on Saturday, 21 November 2015, Israeli forces arrested journalist Mohammed Adeeb Al Qeiq, 33, from his house in Ramallah. The Israeli forces took him to Beit El settlement where he was held for 20 hours. He was then taken to Al Maskoubia interrogation center and then to Al Jalama interrogation center. Mohammad confirmed to a lawyer of Addameer who visited him that he was subject to various forms of torture and ill-treatment, including humiliation and the use of stress positions, whereby he was forced to sit in uncomfortable, straining and stressful positions for several hours. On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, he began a hunger strike in protest to his torture. Al Qeiq was then transferred to solitary confinement in Megiddo prison. He was put under a six-month administrative detention without charges or trial. The Israeli authorities claimed that the sentence was based on confidential evidence. Neither Al Qeiq nor his lawyer were allowed access to the content of the confidential evidence. Al Qeiq’s health condition deteriorated and he was referred to Al Afoula Hospital.
On Tuesday, 12 January 2016, Israeli authorities force-treated Al Qeiq, and might have force-fed him in the process. He had been on hunger strike for 48 consecutive days. Al Qeiq was given an injection in the blood vessel in a supposed attempt to break his will and stop his hunger strike.
On 27 January 2016, Al Qeiq’s lawyer submitted a petition to the Israeli High Court outlining Al Qeiq’s health condition, with supporting medical reports, and asked for his release. The Court issued an initial judgment refusing the release, relying on secret evidence submitted by the military prosecution. The petition was suspended by the Court and Al Afoula Hospital was ordered to send daily medical reports about his health condition to the Court in order for the Court to make a final decision.
Al Qeiq is one of hundreds of Palestinian detainees being held in Israeli prisons under Israel’s administrative detention military orders. Some of the detainees have served years of imprisonment without trial or charge under this unlawful regime, which is used by Israel utterly extensively and outside the strict boundaries provided by international law.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Al Mezan) expresses its concern about the deteriorated health condition of Al Qeiq and holds the Israeli authority responsible for his life. Al Mezan condemns the silence of the international community towards Israel’s repeated violations against prisoners and detainees amounting to violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. Al Mezan calls on the international community to uphold its legal and moral obligations towards Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, and to exert pressure on Israel to immediately release Al Qeiq. His life is immediate danger. Al Mezan calls on the international community to insist that the regulations and military orders allowing for the unlawful use of administrative detention - where it is used as a tool of political repression - to be completely abolished.
Al Mezan calls for supporters around the world of peace, democracy, and human rights to expose the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israel and to exert pressure on respective governments to oblige Israel to respect international law, particularly the provisions on detainee rights under the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (1955).