Ruling expected Sunday in Al-Barq case as hunger strike enters 111 days

An Israeli military court is expected to issue a ruling on the ongoing administrative detention of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Barq on Sunday September 9, said Jawad Boulos, director of the Legal Unit of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club. Al-Barq has now been on hunger strike for 111 consecutive days.

The Ofer occupation military court is also overdue on a decision on the administrative detention of hunger striking prisoner Hassan Safadi, who is now on hunger strike for 81 days after an earlier 71 day hunger strike.

Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights warned of an immediate danger to the lives of Al-Barq and Safadi a week ago. Safadi’s administrative detention order expired on August 29.

Al-Barq has been medically unable to attend the hearings on his case, and the prison doctor has confirmed his dangerous medical condition and drastic weight loss.

Shahd Abusalama, a Palestinian writer conducted the following interview with al-Barq’s father: