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Teenage Palestinian launches hunger strike in Israeli prison

July 3, 2016 4:20 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2016 5:50 P.M.)
Palestinian prisoners at the yard of Megiddo prison. (AFP/Menahem Kahana, File)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian teenager held in Israeli prison since October launched a hunger strike five days ago in protest of the dire conditions he has experienced while in Israeli custody, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Jalal Shahir Sharawna's brother, he initiated a hunger strike in response to the unacceptable conditions of Israeli prison. PPS's statement highlighted that Sharawna, from the village of Dura in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron, was detained in October after he was shot in the leg by Israeli forces with live fire.

After being detained, Israeli prison authorities transferred the teenager to Israel’s Assaf Harofeh Hospital in central Israel where doctors amputated his leg.

Sharawna’s father reportedly did not give permission to Israeli authorities to remove the boy’s leg, and said at the time that Israeli authorities should take responsibility for his sons’s health and that international rights organizations should appoint an independent committee to investigate why Israeli authorities decided to amputate his son’s leg without notifying him or his lawyer.

“What happened to Sharawna was an intentional and complex crime committed jointly by doctors at Assaf Harofeh and Ramla clinic without consulting the prisoner’s family,” the director of the prisoners’ society in Hebron, Amjad al-Najjar, said at the time.

He also accused the Israeli government and Israel’s prison service of “deliberately amputating limbs of Palestinian prisoners who are detained after being shot.”

Al-Najjar said that the practice “on one hand stems from revenge, hatred and grudge, and on the other hand Israel wants to avoid expenses of medical treatment for those prisoners.”

The announcement of Sharawna's hunger strike came amid an ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayid and other prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in solidarity, in protest of his administrative detention.

Many Palestinians have gone on hunger strike to protest the dire conditions of their imprisonment, Israeli practices of solitary confinement, deliberate medical negligence, and administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge.

Rights groups have long criticized Israel for mistreatment of Palestinians in Israeli jails, as well as the illegality of their imprisonment.
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