Palestinian women take part in a rally marking International Women’s Day and demanding the release of Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian prisoner who is now on the 22nd day of her hunger strike in an Israeli jail. (Getty Images / AP)
Lawyers from the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer report that Shalabi’s physical condition is deteriorating. After more than three weeks of no food and very little water, Shalabi is beginning to experience pain in her chest and waist, suffers from nausea and dizziness, and is having a hard time talking without gasping for air.
Shalabi, who was released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, was re-arrested by the army on February 16, and has since been held in administrative detention with military authorities claiming she presents a threat to regional security. Much like Khader Adnan before her, Shalabi too has declared an open hunger strike until her release. Shalabi is also protesting having been strip-searched by a male soldier and abused by other soldiers after her arrest.