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Candle-lit march held in Shalabi's home village

March 6, 2012 12:55 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2012 12:56 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Supporters of hunger-striking prisoner Hana Shalabi held a candle-lit march in her home village of Burqin in the northern West Bank on Monday evening.

Jenin governor Qadura Musa, Fatah revolutionary council member Jamal al-Shati and Archbishop Atallah Hanna joined the march to show solidarity with Shalabi, who has refused food for 20 days in protest over her administrative detention by Israel.

Demonstrators marched through village streets accompanied by scouts carrying Palestinian flags and photos of Shalabi, who has been held without charge since Israeli forces detained her from her home in Burqin on Feb. 16.

The march ended at Shalabi's home, where Fatah officials delivered speeches praising her courage and expressing pride in the 29-year-old. Priest Atallah Hanna commended Shalabi's stamina and said he hoped she would win her fight against Israeli prison authorities.

Shalabi previously spent over two years in Israeli prisons but was never charged or tried in court. She was released in the October under the prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas which secured the release of over 1,000 Palestinians and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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