Urgent UN Press Statement: Release Palestinian Hunger Strikers Now

13 Feb

The following press statement was issued 13 February 2013 under the auspices of the UN Human Rights

Council in my capacity as Special Rapporteur for Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967. This nonviolent

resistance to unlawful and abusive detention practices by Israel is a human rights outrage that should be the

occasion of media attention and a worldwide outcry. I encourage all who can to exert pressure on Israel before

these individuals die in captivity. They are currently reported to be in grave condition. Please use all

social networking tools to alert contacts.





Press Statement – UN expert calls for the immediate

release of three Palestinian detainees on hunger strike held by Israel without



GENEVA (13 February 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk

today called for the immediate release of three Palestinian detainees held

without charges by Israel. Mr. Falk expressed deep concern for the fate of

Tarek Qa’adan and Jafar Azzidine, who are on their 78th day of hunger

strike, and Samer Al-Issawi, who has been on partial hunger strike for

over 200 days.


“Continuing to hold Mr. Qa’adan, Mr Azzidine and Mr. Al-Issawi under these

conditions is inhumane. Israel is responsible for any permanent harm,”

warned the independent expert designated by the Human Rights Council to

monitor and report on Israeli rights violations in Palestine. “If Israeli

officials cannot present evidence to support charges against these men,

then they must be released immediately.”


“Mr. Qa’adan and Mr. Azzidine are reportedly on the verge of death, with

the threat of a fatal heart attack looming,” the expert noted, recalling

that both men were arrested on 22 November 2012 and began their hunger

strikes on 28 November, after being sentenced to administrative detention

for a period of three months. They were transferred to Assaf Harofi

Hospital near Tel Aviv on 24 January 2013 after their conditions

deteriorated sharply.


This is the second time that Mr. Azzidine and Mr. Qa’adan have undertaken

hunger strikes against administrative detention, since they took part in

the mass hunger strike of Palestinians from 17 April to 14 May 2012. Mr.

Qa’adan had been released after 15 months of detention on 8 July 2012 and

Mr. Azzidine had been released on 19 June 2012 after three months of

detention, before being re-arrested.


“Israel must end the appalling and unlawful treatment of Palestinian

detainees. The international community must react with a sense of urgency

and use whatever leverage it possesses to end Israel’s abusive reliance on

administrative detention,” urged the Special Rapporteur.


Mr. Falk noted that Israel currently holds at least 178 Palestinians in

administrative detention.






17 Responses to “Urgent UN Press Statement: Release Palestinian Hunger Strikers Now”

  1. Gene Schulman February 14, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    “Please use all social networking tools to alert contacts.” DONE!

    • Katherine Licari Venturoso February 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      For more information…there are a couple of facebook pages about Palestine..United Christians for Peace..Libyans and Americans for Peace ..Palestinian Debate…I have met all kinds of people some are Gaza, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt…we hear what is going on in real time sometimes..They are all concerned for this conscientious objector…:(

  2. Marijke February 14, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Threat Israel with total boycott if they don’t release the prisoners they have given no fair trial immediately! The so called ‘dialogue’ has never helped.

  3. pipistro February 14, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    share and spread

  4. Jim Hyder February 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Release of the hunger strikers would be advantagious to Israel as a goodwill gesture in future peace talks. Any more abuse is only going to bring more BDS movements.

  5. Kris Rosvold February 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I think it’s about time to call out Israel on it’s terrorism and ILLEGAL occupation of the neighbors’ property and destruction of their neighbors’ property. Is it also time to start cutting US Financial/Military aid to them?

  6. Katherine Licari Venturoso February 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Facebook pages..United Chrisitans For Peace..Libyans and Americans for Peace..Palestinian Debate..I have come to know people from all over who live in theses areas and know first hand what is going on…I am very impressed with your effort and this is the first time I have seen your blog..I have been posting things about Palestine..on my page trying to educate as well…I have been defriended lol too….I love what you are trying to do…I have learned so much…

  7. rehmat1 February 20, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Who could be better witness to Israeli brutality against its Arab prisoners than Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon, who re-visited Lebanon after 30 years when he was part of Jewish army invading Lebanon under Gen. ariel Sharon’s command.



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