Martina Anderson MEP calls for release of Palestinian hungerstriker
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for urgent action to be taken as fears grow over health of hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Mohammad al-Qeq.
Ms Anderson said,
"Al-Qeq began his hunger strike 50 days ago to protest his imprisonment without any legal proceedings, which the Israeli Government calls administrative detention and he has serious health problems and many now fear he is nearing death.
“Israel’s use of ‘administration detention’ against Palestinians what we knew as internment. Israel continues to use it systematically and as a form of collective punishment.
"I am leading a delegation to Palestine on February 8th in my capacity as Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Palestine and this practise of internment without trial, which many republican prisoners were subjected to during the conflict in the north, will be an issue to be discussed.
A Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Ms Anderson continued,
"In addition to this, my party colleague Sean Crowe TD has written to the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, calling on him to intervene and immediately raise this case with the Israeli authorities and to urgently place the upmost pressure on the Israeli Government in order to save Muhammad’s life.
“The hearing of a hunger-striking Palestinian journalist whose weight has fallen below 30kg must be moved forward in order to save his life. The Israeli authorities need to release him and end its systematic use of administrative detention."