Muhammad al-Qiq

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Native name محمد القيق
Born Template:Birth-date and age
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Nationality Palestinian
Education Master's degree in Contemporary Arab Studies, Birzeit University
Occupation Journalist, Writer
Television Correspondent at Almajd TV Network
Religion Moslem
Spouse(s) Fayha Shalash, Journalist
Children 2

Muhammad al-Qiq or Mohammed al-Qeeq (Template:Lang-ar), Palestinian Journalist, and Correspondent at the Saudi News Agency Almajd TV Network. He has been on hunger strike for more than Template:Age in days consecutive days in protest against the Israeli Administrative detention internment without trial or charge.[1][2] Muhammad al-Qiq, (born in 1983), married and father of two children, lives in the village of Abu Qash in the Ramallah District in Palestine.

hunger strike

Al-Qiq was arrested by the Israeli authorities on 21 November 2015 and taken to interrogation. Almost a month later, on 17 December, an administrative detention order was issued against him. Shortly after his arrest, Al-Qiq launched a hunger strike in protest.[3] Prison guards at Afula Hospital tied him to his bed and put an intravenous line in his arm to administer salts and minerals against his will.

Free or dead

In an interview with Al-Jazeera English in 01 Feb 2016, al-Qiq’s wife, Fayha Shalash, said that her husband had signed a paper refusing any medical treatment, even if he loses consciousness. “His decision is very clear: either free or dead, not in between,” Shalash said.[4]

while early In 19 January 2016 the hospital forcibly treated al-Qiq for four straight days.[5]

lost significant hearing

In 2 Feb 2016 al-Qiq has lost significant hearing, and he is still conscious and refuses any medical treatment.[6]

Politically

Chairman of Committee for Detainees and Ex-detainees Issa Qaraqe said al-Qeeq's health condition has deteriorated severely, and that he is in a real need for intensive care, He called on the world community to intervene and to press on Israel to set him free, saying Al-Qeeq insists on going free before he ends his hunger-strike.[7]

The UN official reiterated 'the United Nations' long-standing position that all administrative detainees – Palestinian or Israeli - should be charged or released without delay’.[8] Meanwhile, Robert Piper, the United Nations coordinator for humanitarian assistance and development aid, is the latest international figure to call upon Israel to charge or release al-Qiq, along with the hundreds of other Palestinians held without charge or trial.[9]

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