TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- The head of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs called on rights groups to intervene to save the lives of hunger-striking prisoners Muhammad Ahmad Suleiman al-Qiq and Abdullah Abu Jaber.
Issa Qaraqe said the two prisoners had entered a critical stage of their hunger strike, and that Israel's prison service and prosecution were indifferent to their demands and their lives.
Qaraqe said the health condition of Abu Jaber, a Jordanian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 8 and held in solitary confinement in the al-Ramla prison hospital, had severely deteriorated.
Abu Jaber is on hunger strike to obtain his release and to attract the attention of the Jordanian government to intervene and end his suffering.
Qaraqe added that al-Qiq, a journalist from the village of Dura near Hebron, is in very bad condition. Al-Qiq has been on hunger strike since Nov. 24, 2015.
Al-Qiq was moved to the Afula hospital after losing 22 kilograms. He is reportedly unable to move without a wheelchair due to fatigue and exhaustion, and has already fallen into and come out of a coma.
Qaraqe’s statement came during a Fatah movement delegation’s visit to Tulkarem, where they met two prisoners who were recently released from Israeli prisons: Mutasem Samara, who spent 15 years in Israeli custody, and Iyad Ajjaj, who spent 14-and-a-half years detained by Israel.
Palestinian prisoners often launch hunger strikes in effort to protest poor conditions or lack of trial.
In November, famed hunger striker Muhammad Allan was released in an agreement with Israeli authorities to end his administrative detention, reached after a 66-day long strike.
Jordanian prisoner Abdullah Abu Jaber
Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Ahmad Suleiman al-Qiq