Palestinian on Hunger Strike in Israel in Critical Condition

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Palestinian official said Monday the health of a Palestinian journalist on a hunger strike in an Israeli jail is deteriorating.

Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqe says Monday Mohammed al-Qeq is in “critical condition” on his 48th day on hunger strike.

The 33-year-old journalist was arrested on Nov. 21 and is serving a six-month sentence for what his wife, Faihaa al-Qeq, said was “incitement.”

Israel’s internal security agency Shin Bet didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on al-Qeq, the Associated Press reported.

Al-Qeq, is protesting his jailing by Israel without trial or charge, a measure called administrative detention

A law passed last year allows Israel to force feed a hunger striker if his life is in danger, even if the prisoner refuses.

Palestinians in Israeli jails regularly go on hunger strike in protest to both the unfair administrative detention policy and the harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.

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