This month's appeal

Six Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in protest at being detained without charge or trial are now so ill that they have been moved to Ramleh prison hospital. They have all been denied access to independent doctors.
Tha’er Halahleh and Bilal Diab have been on hunger strike since around 29 February 2012 in protest against their administrative detention; their health is now very poor. The Military Court of Appeals rejected their appeals on 23 April 2012, and a date for their appeal hearing at the Israeli Supreme Court has not yet been set.

Tha’er Halahleh was arrested at his home in the village of Kharas in Hebron district on 26 June 2010 and placed in administrative detention. His detention order, which can be renewed indefinitely, was most recently renewed on 5 March 2012. Bilal Diab was arrested at his home in Kufr Ra’i in Jenin on 17 August 2011, and given an adminstrative detention order, last renewed on 14 February 2012. Both were moved to the Ramleh prison hospital on 21 March as their health was deteriorating. Despite repeated court appeals by Physicians for Human Rights- Israel (PHR), both have been denied access to independent doctors except for one visit by a PHR doctor on 9 April. PHR has urged the authorities to transfer them to a civilian hospital so they can receive specialized medical care.

Also in Ramleh prison hospital on hunger strike against their administrative detention are Hassan Safadi,Omar Abu Shalal and Ja’afar Izz al-Din. All have been denied access to independent doctors. Also in Ramleh prison hospital is Mahmoud al-Sarsak, the only Palestinian from Gaza held without charge or trial by Israel under the Unlawful Combatant Law. He was arrested on 22 July 2009 at Erez checkpoint. He went on hunger strike on 24 March 2012 to protest his continued administrative detention without charge or trial. The Israeli Supreme Court has on four occasions rejected his appeals. His detention order was last renewed on 1 March 2012.

Please write immediately in Hebrew or your own language:
n Calling on the Israeli authorities to release these six detainees (naming them) immediately, as well as all other Palestinians in administrative detention, unless they are promptly charged with internationally recognizable criminal offences and brought to trial in full conformity with international fair trial standards;
n Urging them to ensure that all detainees on hunger strike are allowed regular, private access to independent doctors, families and lawyers, treated humanely, and not punished in any way for their hunger strike;
n Calling on them to end the use of administrative detention including under the Unlawful Combatant Law, as it violates the right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
Ehud Barak
Ministry of Defence
37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
Fax: +972 3 69 16940 / 62757
Salutation: Dear Minister

Military Judge Advocate General
Brigadier General Danny Efroni
6 David Elazar Street
Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel
Fax: +972 3 569 4526
Salutation: Dear Judge Advocate General

And copies to:Commander of the IDF – West Bank
Major-General Nitzan Alon
GOC Central Command
Military Post 01149
Battalion 877, Israel Defense Forces, Israel
Fax: +972 2 530 5724
Salutation: Dear Major-General

Diplomatic representatives accredited to your country
Embassy of Israel, DublinCarrisbrook House
122 Pembroke Road
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 230 9400
Fax: +353 1 230 9446
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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