Accurately, the Palestinian woman, Muntaha Al-Taweel, memorizes the dates of the arrests, releases, and extensions that her husband, Sheikh Jamal Al-Taweel, was subjected to, as well as her captive daughter Bushra by the Israeli occupation, despite their many and details, whether through raids on her home in the city of Al-Bireh (central West Bank) or at various military checkpoints.
Jamal al-Taweel (59 years), who spent 16 and a half years in the occupation prisons, in more than 11 arrests, most of them in administrative detention; In his latest administrative detention, he began a hunger strike since June 2, demanding an end to the administrative detention of his daughter, Bushra, who has also been detained for 8 months.
A strike in place of his daughter
Bushra had threatened to carry out a hunger strike to stop her administrative detention without charge, when her detention was extended again, even though she was administratively sentenced the first time to 4 months, and it seems – as her mother Muntaha says – that her father Jamal wanted to hit instead of his daughter to achieve her demand so that she would not be harmed health And psychologically from this strike.
Bushra, 28, was detained for more than 40 months, in 5 arrests intermittently; She started it when she was 17 years old, and she was sentenced to 16 months at the time, and she was released after 5 months in the second batch of the Wafaa al-Ahrar (Shalit) deal in 2012, but her sentence was completed after the occupation re-arrested the editors of the deal in the West Bank in 2014.
Bushra completed a diploma in journalism and media from Al-Asriya College in Ramallah in 2012, and worked freely with media organizations, covering various events in Palestine, according to her mother. In one of her arrests, the intelligence officer stormed the family home, and justified this arrest by saying that “her loud journalistic voice must stop.” Her father, Jamal, replied, “If a young girl disturbs this great country, then you are gone.”
A long journey of arrests for her husband and daughter experienced by Ms. Muntaha Al-Taweel (Umm Abdullah), who told Al Jazeera Net that Bushra and her father coincided with their arrest more than once, but they did not meet inside the prison, and even that their presence at home simultaneously during recent years was rare; Because Jamal does not spend much time outside prison, she has been used to it since their marriage in 1987.
As for her daughter, Bushra, she said that her activities are purely journalistic, and she used to go out to cover events, but this seems to bother the occupation and make her subject to administrative detention more than once without charge, describing it as an open life detention; It is a detention that begins with 3, 6 or 8 months, and extends for many years, and only under the pretext of suspicion was the family’s vehicle seized, money stolen from her home, and her simple human rights to live in freedom and dignity were violated.
Umm Abdullah does not expect anything good from the occupation to give in to the demands of her hunger-strike husband, who lost 13 kilograms of weight after 19 days of the strike. Today, she lives in pain and tension, fearing for his health; Because the battle of empty intestines is the only weapon for these prisoners, but its health consequences will be difficult.
She also lives with another concern for fear of extending the detention of her daughter, Bushra, whose second administrative ruling will expire on July 7, which means that her husband will continue to strike and her daughter will remain in prison, in light of the expected intransigence of the occupation not to fulfill her husband’s demands.
Prisoner Ghazanfar Abu Atwan (28 years), from Dura town in Hebron governorate, continues his hunger strike against administrative detention for 48 days, and the occupation prisons administration is still refusing to fulfill his demand of setting a ceiling for his administrative detention.
Sheikh Khader Adnan, 43, from Jenin, continues his hunger strike for the 23rd consecutive day against administrative detention. This is the sixth strike that Adnan, who was arrested 12 times and spent 8 years in the occupation prisons, is waging.
The Palestinian prisoners resort to hunger strikes in the Israeli occupation prisons, despite their knowledge of the bad health effects, as an option to confront their administrative detention, which is expanding without clear charges, or other human rights demands, using the weapon of their empty intestines as a difficult choice against the restrictions of the occupying jailer.