Israel to hold hearing for jailed Palestinian hunger striker

Israel to hold hearing for jailed Palestinian on hunger strike
2 min read
17 October, 2019
An Israeli military court has scheduled a hearing for Hiba al-Labadi, whose health is deteriorating as a result of a hunger strike.
Hiba al-Labadi is on hunger strike [Twitter]
An Israeli military court will hold a hearing for a Palestinian-Jordanian citizen held arbitrarily on Thursday, the Palestinian Prisoners Society has announced.

Hiba al-Labadi, was arrested at the Allenby Bridge - King Hussein - crossing in August while travelling with her mother and aunt from Jordan to the West Bank for a cousin's wedding.

Al-Labadi launched a hunger strike on 26 September in protest of the conditions of her detention, her lawyer said on Wednesday, and has reportedly lost 10 kilograms in weight while suffering other health problems.

Jordan's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the hunger strike "makes the need for her immediate release more urgent".

The PPS said on Thursday a hearing for her case will begin as her health deteriorates under Israeli captivity.

Family members say she has no political causes and is not an activist.

Israeli intelligence claims al-Labadi was detained "because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations", without providing further details.

Last week, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees' Affairs released disturbing details of the alleged torture suffered by Hiba al-Labadi at the hands of Israeli authorities.

Read more: Palestinian hunger strikers: The frontline of an imprisoned nation

The department published a statement by al-Labadi from 29 September in which she reported being verbally, physically, and psychologically abused by the interrogators and guards in the various prisons in which she has been held in administrative detention since 20 August.

Israel's widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows Palestinians to be detained without charge or trial for renewable intervals usually ranging between three to six months.

More than 400 Palestinians are being currently being held under the policy.

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