WATCH: Solidarity with hunger striker Hana al-Shalabi

Chicago activists released a video today to bring attention to the heroic hunger strike undertaken by Palestinian political prisoner Hana al-Shalabi, who is at risk of imminent death as she has refused to eat since she was arrested on 16 February.

Hana al-Shalabi had previously been held without charge or trial — a practice known as administrative detention — for two years before she was released as part of the prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas last October.

The Palestinian human rights and prisoner advocacy group Addameer reports today that at least 23 other Palestinian political prisoners have joined Hana al-Shalabi’s hunge strike.

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PETITION: Free Hana Shalabi and End Administrative Detentions
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Hana Shalabi was held for 25 months in Israeli prison under "administrative detention" without charge or trial. She was released in October 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange deal. She was captured by Israeli Forces again on February 16, 2012 and has been on a hunger strike since then. Her condition continues to deteriorate. According to Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, Israel's abuse of administrative detention violates the rigid parameters placed on it by international law. Administrative detention allows individuals to be held without charge or trial, restricting their rights to due-process. It is something to be used only "in the most exceptional cases" but Israel has used it to detain thousands of Palestinians. Israel's excessive use of administrative detentions is undemocratic. The US should condemn the government of Israel and pressure them to end this practice and free Hana Shalabi as well as others who are currently held in their prisons without charge or trial.
TO SIGN - http://www.change.org/petition...

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This is an example of disgraceful behavior towards citizens by an nation-state. Inexcusable. If the U.S wants to be a force for peace in the Middle East, it is essential that we hold our allies to standards, including respecting due process and civil rights.

Maureen Clare Murphy

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Maureen Clare Murphy is the managing editor of The Electronic Intifada and lives in Chicago.