H.E. RON PROSOR,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations
I am greatly concerned for the life of Hana’ Shalabi, a detainee in HaSharon prison, who is on a hunger strike to protest being placed on administrative detention primarily for 6 renewable months without trial.
The Israeli occupation authorities and courts continue to detain Palestinians under the Emergency Law of 1945, which was in force during the British Mandate of Palestine. This law allows the Zionist authorities to detain Palestinians without trial or providing reason, and to repeatedly extend the term of detention. The Israeli authorities have also ratified the Unlawful Combatant Law of 2000, which allows the occupation state to detain Palestinians without charge or disclosure of the term of detention. There are currently about 290 Palestinian administrative detainees, among them the chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), a number of other PLC members, Sheikh Khader Adnan, who recently ended his hunger strike after 66 days, and Hanaa' Al-Shalabi. Sheikh Khader Adnan is due to be released on April 17, 2012.
On 16 February 2012, IOF raided the house of Hana' Yehya Saber Shalabi, 30, in Bourqin village near the northern West Bank of Jenin. IOF arrested Shalabi and transferred her to Hasharon women's prison. An order was issued by IOF to place Shalabi under administrative detention for 6 months. Shalabi has been on hunger strike since the first day of her detention.
It should be noted that Shalabi was released from Israeli jails in the recent prisoners swap after serving two years under administrative detention.
According to Fawwaz Shalloudi, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner Club Society, who visited Shalabi on Sunday, 26 February 2012, Shalabi was beaten, subjected to maltreatment and searched while IOF were arresting her. Shalloudi reported that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) placed Shalabi in solitary confinement.
Sherin Iraqi, a lawyer from the Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, visited Shalabi in her detention. Iraqi reported that Shalabi's health conditions are deteriorating and that she is in solitary confinement and has not undergone any medical examinations since she has started her hunger strike. She also reported that Shalabi was beaten and subjected to maltreatment while IOF were arresting her and that IPS has threatened to transfer Shalabi to the criminal section in al-Ramla prison if she continues the hunger strike.
The case of Shalabi reminds of the case of Khader Adnan who went on hunger strike for 66 days starting from 17 December 2011 after an Israeli court had issued a decision placing him under administrative detention for 4 months. Adnan stopped his hunger strike on the 66th day in exchange for releasing him on 17 April 2012.
I strongly urge the State of Israel to immediately release Hana’ Shalabi unconditionally and to immediately end the undemocratic and unjust system of administrative detention which is illegal under international law.