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DAY 40 URGENT ACTION: FREE HANAA' SHALABI NOW! [28.03.2012]

DAY 40 URGENT ACTION: FREE HANAA' SHALABI NOW! Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition again appeals to all people of conscience to take immediate action to help save the life of Palestinian female political prisoner Hanaa' Al-Shalabi who has been detained by Israeli authorities without any charge whatsoever. Hanaa' Al-Shalabi lies critically ill in Israeli detention on day 40 of her hunger strike at the point where death could come at any moment.

Hanaa' was an "administrative detainee" with NO charge for over 2 years before she was released in October last year as a part of the Shalit prisoner swap. She has been refusing food since her recapture on Thursday 16 February 2012 and is now on day 40 of her hunger strike against her renewed "administrative detention" again with NO charge. Shalabi refused to appear before the Israeli military court after she was transferred to hasharon prison . The court sentenced her to administrative detention and has rejected an appeal for her immediate release.

The Israeli occupation authorities and courts continue to detain Palestinians under the Emergency Law of 1945, which was in force during the British Mandate of Palestine. This law allows the Zionist authorities to detain Palestinians without trial or providing reason, and to repeatedly extend the term of detention. The Israeli authorities have also ratified the Unlawful Combatant Law of 2000, which allows the occupation state to detain Palestinians without charge or disclosure of the term of detention. There are currently about 290 Palestinian administrative detainees, among them the chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), a number of other PLC members, Sheikh Khader Adnan, who recently ended his hunger strike after 66 days, and Hanaa' Al-Shalabi. Sheikh Khader Adnan is due to be released on April 17, 2012.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Please join the voices and support around the world to save Hanaa' Al-Shalabi's life and demand her immediate release from prison!

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