Hunger striking detainee loses consciousness

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 17:47 Administrative detainee Meir Ettinger, who is on a hunger strike in protest of his remand, lost consciousness in his cell in Eshel Prison on January 26 and required medical treatment. Ettinger has been on a hunger strike since Monday, January 18 in protest of his severe remand conditions, which were determined by the signature of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, without any evidence being presented against him. Ettinger has been held in remand under an administrative detention order for almost six months. On Sunday, January 24 Eviatar Slonim, who has also been under administrative detention in Eshel Prison for almost six months, began a hunger strike, also in protest of his remand conditions. On January 3, the ISA (GSS) announced that the information on which Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon based his decision to sign a six-month administrative detention order for Mordechai Meyer, who was detained when Ettinger and Slonim were, is erroneous. Therefore Meyer was released one month early. Honenu Attorney Sima Kochav, who is one of the attorneys handling Ettinger’s case, said that “Mr. Ettinger has not been feeling well for the past two days and it is known that he has lost consciousness several times. Ettinger is being held in unreasonable conditions, in solitary, and he is not permitted to phone anyone. He does not have heat in his cell and it has been extremely cold over the past few days. It is important to remember that Ettinger’s detention followed the incident in Kfar Duma. We have seen in light of the most recent wave of detentions, that Mr. Ettinger has absolutely no connection in any way to the incident, and still he has not yet been released from remand. We must not forget that Ettinger is being detained without being suspected of any criminal acts, and without any evidence linking him to any incident. We reiterate that this [the administrative detention] is a drastic procedure which deprives a man of his freedom in an unacceptable manner.”

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