Palestinian Hunger Striker's Condition Deteriorates After 68 Days

Sami Janazra is refusing medical treatment at Israel hospital and has refused food in protest of his incarceration without trial since November.

Palestinians protest in Hebron three months ago on behalf of a detainee on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention
Gil Eliyahu

The Palestinian Health Ministry has cautioned about a deterioration in the condition of Sami Janazra, a Palestinian man in administrative detention who has been on a hunger strike for 68 days.

Janazra, of Al Fawwar refugee camp, has been at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva for about a week, where he has refused medical treatment in protest of his being held without trial.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said Israel's Supreme Court was expected to debate an appeal on behalf of the detainee on Tuesday.

Attorney Jawwad Boulus told Haaretz the session had been scheduled for May 16 but the court agreed to move it up due to Janazra's worsening condition.

Janazra, a shepherd identified with Fatah, was arrested on Nov. 15 and ordered held without trial for four months. In March his term was extended by another four months, without any commitment to release him once the term was up.

His attorney said Janazra has been questioned about activism with Hamas although the family insists he was active with Fatah.

Janazra's brother, Kayid, told Haaretz that the prisoner has not been allowed any family visits and they are very worried about his condition.

"Sami is protesting his illegitimate administrative detention," Kaid said.

He said the investigative material against him was kept secret.

"He doesn’t know when he will be freed therefore he decided to take th is step. If there's something against him let them put him on trial."

Fatah activists are disappointed the Palestinians are not relating to Janazra's detention as in previous instances of hunger strikes when many public protests were held.