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Diamonds in the mine

On 11 November, Palestinian administrative detainees, Ahmad Abu Fara (29) and Anas Shadid (19) reached the fiftieth day of their hunger strikes to demand freedom from imprisonment without charge or trial. They were shackled hand and foot to hospital beds. Their lawyers lodged appeals to demand their release because of their deteriorating health.

Meanwhile, three brothers, Nour al-Din, Abdel-Salam and Nidal Omar, announced in mid-November that they had been on a co-ordinated hunger strike for 11 days to demand an end to Nour al-Din’s three-year-long solitary confinement.

On 13 November, Raed Salah, leader of the northern Islamic Movement, launched a hunger strike against long-term solitary confinement and mistreatment in Ramon prison. He was given nine months in prison for incitement in May – and put in solitary confinement.