Day of Action for Mohammad Al-Qiq
(WASHINGTON DC 02/22/2016) -- Today marks the 90th day of Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al-Qiq's hunger strike and he is perilously close to death, according to media reports. The father of two began his hunger strike on Nov. 24, four days after Israeli occupation forces arrested him from his home in the middle of the night. Mr. Al-Qiq is protesting 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. Now, he lapses in and out of consciousness and severely emaciated.
Currently, Israeli prison authorities are holding 6,800 Palestinians, mostly as political prisoners. Nearly 10 percent – 660 – are being held without charge or trial, a tactic called administrative detention, which violates the 78th Article of the Fourth Geneva Conventions of 1949. At least 470 Palestinian children also are in Israeli detention, according to Palestinian prisone rights group Addameer.
We must take action immediately!
Call the White House and State Department and ask them to pressure Israel to release Al-Qiq and allow him to be treated in a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST)
CALL the Israel-Palestine bureau at the US State Department at 202.647.3930
CALL the White House at 202.456.1111