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(WASHINGTON DC 01/25/2016) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, protests the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Mohammad Al-Qiq and calls for his immediate release without conditions. Mr. Al-Qiq, 33, is near death in an Israeli prison hospital after more than 60 days on a hunger strike to protest his inhumane and illegal detention.
Israeli Occupation Forces arrested Mr. Al-Qiq from his home at 2 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2015, and subjected him to 25 days of brutal interrogation, during which he was shackled in stress positions, left outside overnight in extremely cold temperatures, and threatened with sexual assault, according to Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer.
The father of two began his hunger strike on Nov. 24 to protest the illegal and inhumane conditions under which he is detained. He spent several weeks in solitary confinement before he was transferred to a military hospital on Dec. 30, 2015, because of his deteriorating health. He is nearly blind, vomiting blood and, according to a source close to the family, has requested the presence of his lawyer to ensure the recitation of the Islamic declaration of faith, which is somewhat similar to the last rites administered on a death bed. While tied to his hospital bed, Israeli authorities have subjected Mr. Al-Qiq to the force feeding of salts and minerals, a practice in violation of international law and which the United Nations has said amounts to torture.