Hunger Strike Ends for Akram Rikhawi after 102 days

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Sam Bahour writes: How much longer will this insanity continue! Israel watches a prisoner on hunger strike reach the brink of death, then they strike a deal to release him early, but not until they feed him so he looks normal upon release. Fact is that he should never have been detained to start with! Do Israeli citizens still believe this is all in the name of their security? Can they be that naive? Toying with human life will have a cost, it always does, Sam

From Addameer

Hunger Strike Ends for Akram Rikhawi after 102 days 

Ramallah, 23 July 2012 – Following a visit today by Addameer lawyer Mona Nadaf, Addameer can confirm that Palestinian hunger striker Akram Rikhawi has ended his hunger strike after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Service. Akram ended his hunger strike yesterday evening after 102 days. 

As part of the agreement Akram will be released on 25th January 2013, which is six months prior to his original release date. Addameer’s lawyer visited Akram in Ramleh prison, where he remains in critical condition. It was agreed that upon his release he will return to his home in the Gaza Strip. 

Addameer’s lawyer also visited Hassan Safadi, who is on his 33rd day of hunger strike. Hassan’s health continues to deteriorate with recent tests indicating that he has developed kidney stones as a result of his hunger strike. He remains extremely           

weak and is currently taking only water and vitamins.…

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