Israel refuses to move hunger striking terrorist to Ramallah

Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner’s petition to receive treatment in a Ramallah hospital.

Mohammed al-Qeq, a Hamas sympathizer, is involved in the group’s terrorist activities. The 33-year-old journalist from the Arab village of Dura launched a hunger strike, now exceeding 80 days, on Nov. 24 in protest against his administrative detention.

Administrative detention is a legal measure that allows the defense establishment, primarily the Shin Bet security agency, to hold an individual believed to pose an imminent threat to public safety or the state without trial for up to six months.

Al-Qeq is currently hospitalized in Haemek Medical Center in Afula, in northern Israel. He has refused an Israeli offer to move to a hospital in east Jerusalem, saying Israel could easily detain him again there after being discharged.

Qadura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, said Israel’s denial amounts to “a death sentence” for al-Qeq.

Deputy Chief Justice Elyakim Rubinstein said Tuesday that Israel aims “to save his [al-Qeq’s] life, but under no circumstances will we remove him from Israel’s borders.”

Palestinian sympathizers are planning protests in Ramallah.