Amal, 17, suffers from a neuromuscular disease, has been locked up for a year without knowing the charges against him and her father anticipates that he will be locked up for at least another four months
Amal Nakhleh, 17 years old and suffering from myasthenia gravis, is serving a year in a military prison in Israel and the Jewish authorities have decided to extend her administrative detention for four more months, according to her father. Military authorities announced on Monday that they would discuss the option of renewing the detention or not. After that announcement, the minor’s father, the journalist Muamar Nakhle, assured that his son “can no longer move his lips, or his eyes, or smile, they are symptoms of the disease and we are very concerned about his condition,” according to words that picked up the AP agency.
Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disease that requires treatment and regular visits to the hospital, but Amal has been locked up for a year and her detention has already been extended four times, citing “security reasons”. The minor informed the family of his intention to start a hunger strike if this situation spreads, which would further aggravate his delicate situation.
Amal, a refugee from the Jalazun camp, was arrested in January 2021 and to date is unaware of the charges against him. The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, asked the Israeli authorities “for his immediate release from administrative detention for two reasons: his medical condition, which is incredibly serious … and he is a minor,” according to the statements. to the AFP agency of the head of the organization in the West Bank, Gwyn Lewis.
This case is one of the hundreds of cases of Palestinians subjected to this regime that the Israelis apply to detainees in the occupied territories, although it is not so common with minors. The military systematically locks up Palestinians without trial or charge, in most cases claiming that they are planning to commit a crime. In recent months several of the detainees have gone on hunger strikes in protest. The last of them has been Hisham Abu Hawash, who has fasted for 141 days until forcing the Israelis to agree not to extend his administrative detention beyond February 26.
Israel also applied this same system with the Spanish humanitarian worker Juana Ruiz, in prison since April.
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