Israel 'must end ill-treatment' of imprisoned Palestinian journalist

Israel 'must end ill-treatment' of imprisoned Palestinian journalist
Rights group Amnesty International is demanding that Israel immediately ends all forced medical treatment and other measures against journalist Mohammad al-Qiq who has been on hunger strike since 25 Nov.
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23 January, 2016
Mohammed's wife fears for the life of her husband [al-Araby al-Jadeed]

The Israeli authorities must immediately cease all non-consensual medical treatment and other punitive measures against Palestinian journalist Mohammad al-Qiq, who has been held without charge or trial for two months and on hunger strike since 25 November, rights group Amnesty International has said.

The authorities have undertaken a number of measures aimed at pressuring him to end the hunger strike, some of which violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

Mohammad al-Qiq's wife said his family fear for his life.

"Mohammed has forcibly received intravenous drugs which we fear we prelude being force fed…but today we are talking about the loss of prisoner’s lives inside Israeli jails," Mohammed's wife Shalash told al-Araby al-Jadeed.

The family appealed to Ban Ki-Moo, secretary general of the UN, to pressure Israel.

Originally from the West Bank city of Hebron, al-Qiq, 32, lived in Ramallah, where he worked for al-Majd TV, a popular Arabic language satellite channel.

He was arrested by Israeli security forces at his home in November last year before being sentenced to six months administrative detention without charge. 

Israel is holding approximately 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners.

The journalist started a hunger strike sixty days ago to protest against the injustice of his arrest.

"We communicate with all institutions regarding political and human rights to support and initiate campaigns that seek to fulfil the demands of prisoners who are on strike, and expose the violations of the occupation," a representative of the supreme body of Palestinian Affairs told The New Arab.

"Life is hard for our family. My father is ill and he has had open heart surgery. He keeps saying that the arrest of Mohammed broke him," Hammam al-Qiq, Mohammed’s brother, told Anadolu Agency.

Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian Authority head of prisoners' affairs told al-Araby al-Jadeed that it was "likely" that Israel will start force-feeding Qiq, making him the first prisoner undergo the practice since it was legalised by Israel's parliament.

In August of last year, Israel made moves to force-feed Mohammad Allan, who nearly died after his two-month hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge or trial. But doctors said they would refuse to carry out the controversial procedure on Allan.

This is the second time Qiq has been behind Israeli bars. 

In 2008, he was jailed for 16 months for student activism which Israel says was linked to Hamas.

Israel is holding approximately 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners, according to the rights group Addameer.