The Palestinian factions held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the life of the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, who is facing “the possibility of a sudden death” with his hunger strike for 139 days.
The factions – during a protest in front of the United Nations office in Gaza today – called on international institutions to immediately intervene to save Abu Hawash’s life after his health deteriorated.
The solidarity activists raised pictures of the prisoner Abu Hawash, on which was written the phrase “Hisham Abu Hawash… he is wrestling with death, so is there a victor?”
Hisham Abu Hawash – a father of five children who was arrested on October 27, 2020 – is battling death as he has been on a hunger strike for more than 5 months in protest of his administrative detention.
The leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Ismail Radwan held Israel fully responsible for Abu Hawash’s life, and said in a speech during the vigil that “the occupation realizes that the prisoners are a red line, as is Jerusalem, and as is the blood of the Palestinian people.”
For his part, the leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ahmed Al-Mudallal, vowed Israel to respond if the life of the captive Abu Hawash is endangered, without clarifying the nature of the response.
Al-Mudallal said in a speech during the sit-in, “We affirm that the message of the movement’s Secretary-General, Ziyad Al-Nakhala, is still present, and that any danger affecting his life (Abu Hawash) we consider it a systematic assassination and requires a response.”
He described the hunger strike battle that Abu Hawash is waging as a bone-breaking battle with the enemy, in order to break the sword drawn against the Palestinian people and prisoners, which is called administrative detention.
In turn, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the international community to urgently intervene to save the life of prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for Abu Hawash’s life, by deliberately ignoring his health condition.
For his part, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al-Sheikh, demanded – in a tweet on his Twitter account – “the Israeli government to release Abu Hawash immediately.” “We hold it (the Israeli government) fully responsible for his life,” he said.
The possibility of sudden death
The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed its deep concern about the deteriorating health condition of prisoner Abu Hawash, and said that the cross teams continue to closely monitor Abu Hawash’s condition.
The Red Cross said that from a medical perspective, Abu Hawash is in a critical condition and needs specialized medical follow-up, and that he is exposed to the possibility of sudden death.
The Red Cross stressed that the dignity of all detainees must be preserved and that they be treated humanely, as he put it.
For his part, spokesman for Shamir Medical Center, Liad Aviel, said that Abu Hawash’s case is “difficult and complex.”
As for Aisha Haribat, Abu Hawash’s wife, she confirmed to AFP that her husband’s condition is “very, very serious.”
The prisoner’s wife, who is currently with him in hospital in central Israel, added that her husband was in an “intermittent coma.” “He was speaking in a whisper, but since yesterday he has not spoken at all and does not know what is going on around him,” she said.
The wife added that “even if he ends his strike, he will have difficult problems.”
Earlier last month, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected “a petition submitted by attorney Jawad Boulos (..) requesting the suspension of the administrative detention of detainee Abu Hawash,” according to the Prisoner Club.
Administrative detention is a decision to imprison by an Israeli military order for a period of up to 6 months, subject to extension, on the grounds of a security threat, without trial or indictment.
The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the prisons of the occupation until the end of last December reached about 4,600, including about 500 administrative prisoners, 34 female prisoners and 160 minors, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.