Thursday, March 29, 2012

Prisoner Ends Hunger Strike in Return for Expulsion

Palestine News & Info Agency 
 RAMALLAH, March 29, 2012 (WAFA) – Hana Shalabi, the Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli jails who has been on hunger strike for 43 straight days, agreed Thursday to end her strike in return for expulsion to the Gaza Strip for three years, according to Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqi.

He said Shalabi reached this decision on her own, but explained that she must have come under heavy pressure to accept this deal from the Israelis.

Shalabi, 30, went on hunger strike immediately after her arrest on February 16 when she was placed under administrative detention for six months to protest her arrest.

Even though her sentence was later reduced to four months, she continued on her hunger strike demanding release from prison.

Shalabi, from the Jenin area of the West Bank, was previously held in administrative detention for 25 months until her release in the October prisoners swap between Hamas and Israel.