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15 yrs old child prisoner resumes hunger strike as Israel reneges on deal.
Save Ubaida Asaid
15 yrs old Palestinian child prisoner Ubaida Asaid has restarted his hunger strike after Israel reneged on its deal to transfer him out of violent Israeli criminal prison for delinquents, where his life is in imminent danger, to a prison for Palestinian political prisoners in return for him stopping his hunger strike. The deal stipulated Israel would transfer Ubaida from Ofek prison within 10 days of the cessation of his hunger strike, instead they have locked him up in solitary confinement indefinitely with no sight of transfer to HaSharon prison. His lawyers have been kept in the dark, and only today found out that he had resumed his hunger strike 4 days ago on 12th Feb. It must be remembered Ubaida has not been found guilty of any crime, even by the illegal occupations military court and yet he has been put in a prison whose 250 inhabitants the Israeli prison service describes as `mostly convicted for violent and sex crimes.. some of who have been sentenced to terms of 20 years or more`.
Meanwhile Ubaida`s younger brother Osman, just 13 years old, is still under indefinite house arrest - prevented from even going to school. Its part of Israel`s systematic policy of targeting Palestinian education.
With help from the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies we are liaising with Ubaida`s family and will be launching a campaign shortly for his immediate release. This will include letter writing to your MPs and an emergency protest in the next few days - with a 15 years old child on hunger strike time is critical, we will need all your help..
1st Feb 2014:
Victory for 15 yrs old Palestinian hunger striker Ubaida Asaid as occupation concedes to transfer him out of violent Israeli youth criminal prison to a prison for Palestinian political prisoners. On friday after activists demonstrated in solidarity with child prisoner Ubaida Asaid outside #G4S HQ in London, the Israeli prison service relented and agreed to transfer Ubaida out of Ofek prison, where his life is in imminent danger, to HaSharon prisoner in return for him stopping his hunger strike. The transfer is to take place within 10 days - we will monitor the situation. HaSharon is a filthy rodent infested dungeon secured by G4S - we will be continuing our campaign demanding the immediate unconditional release of Ubaida and all Palestinian prisoners - the children, the women and the men.
29th Jan 2014:
15 Yrs old Palestinian child prisoner on hunger strike #PalHunger
Two days ago on 27th Jan 2014, 15 year old Ubaida Asaid started an open-ended hunger strike after being moved, as a punitive measure, to Ofek - an Israeli criminal prison full of violent youth offenders where his life is in imminent danger..
Ubaida and his younger brother Osman, just 13 years old, were violently abducted by the Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem on 13th Nov 2013. After being released they were again taken two weeks later - this time they were brutally interrogated for a month at the infamous G4S secured `Russian compound` where children are routinely coerced through barbaric torture to sign confessions. After that, they were charged with throwing a molotov at an occupation forces vehicle. Osman was released after paying a $3000 fine and is now under indefinite house arrest - banned from even going to school. To punish Ubaida, they have moved him to Ofek - an Israeli criminal prison full of violent youth offenders where his life is in imminent danger. His family and lawyer have been denied from visiting. Out of desperation Ubaida started an open-ended hunger strike on 27th Jan 2014 - his only demand is to be moved to a `security prison` where his fellow Palestinian political prisoners are kept.
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