Friday, 18 November
19 W. 44th St, NYC – G4S Offices
On Friday, two Palestinian political prisoners, Ahmad Abu Fara and Anas Shadid, will reach their 55th day on hunger strike against their “administrative detention” without charge or trial by Israel.
Held shackled to his hospital bed in Assaf Harofeh hospital, Ahmad Abu Fara, 29, has developed a problem pumping blood from his heart. Abu Fara is on hunger strike alongside Anas Shadid, 19. Both have refused food since September 25 and are demanding their immediate release.
Mohja Al-Quds reported that Abu Fara’s condition is very dangerous and that he suffers from severe pain in his chest and abdomen. He has blurred vision and difficulty speaking. He continues to refuse medical tests and supplements despite increased pressure on him to end his strike. Also on November 9, the Israeli military appeals court postponed a decision on Abu Fara’s appeal against his administrative detention, requiring a comprehensive medical report to be submitted by 14 November.
Shadid is also suffering intense pain. He has had major migraine headaches as a result of the hunger strike as well as persistent dizziness and weakness. He has severely blurred vision and can speak now only with great difficulty. Shadid also also held shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed in Assaf Harofeh hospital.
Abu Fara and Shadid have been imprisoned without charge or trial since the beginning of August. Abu Fara hails from the village of Surif near al-Khalil, while Shadid comes from Dura village.
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