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Former Hunger Striker Contracts Hepatitis C in Israeli Prison

May 22, 2013
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Administrative detention] [Ofer prison]

Thaer Halahleh's father protesting in Ramallah for the liberation of his son. Photo by Lazar Simeonov.


Thaer Halahleh, a 34-year old detainee and former long term hunger striker has contracted Hepatitis C as a result of medical malpractice during his stay in Israel’s Askalan Prison, reports Fares Ziad—a lawyer for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. 

Addameer reports that Halahleh had been complaining of pain in his chest and stomach, in particular his kidney, as well as his back and teeth; however, he was only granted access to a doctor after fifteen consecutive days of 24-hour interrogation. Halahleh received dental treatment involving an extraction of his top left molar.
Ziad and Halahleh believe the dentist used non-sterile medical tools during the dental operation. Addameer reports Halahleh as saying he could “see traces of blood on the tools.” 
Halahleh was moved to Ofer Prison, in the Ramallah District, on 8 May 2013, where he met with a different doctor who gave him the devastating news. Hepatitis, if left untreated, will eventually lead to his death. 
Although Halahleh’s doctor recommended that Halaleh’s wife and children should be tested as well, Halahleh insists he was not subject to any injury or blood test that could have transmitted the infectious disease other than his dental procedure. For a more in-depth look into Halahleh’s testimony, please see Addameer’s latest. 
Halahleh, who was released 10 months ago after a 77-day long hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention, was re-arrested on 8 April 2013. This latest arrest is Halahleh’s eighth detention, the past seven of which have all been administrative detentions. Similar to his previous seven detentions, he is currently being held without charge or trial. 
Administrative detention is a process by which Israel can detain individuals based on “secret evidence,” without charge or trial, for renewable periods of up to six-months. 

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