ISRAELI SETTLER DISTRIBUTES SWEETS TO “CELEBRATE” MURDER OF 23 YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN YOUTH

ISRAELI SETTLER DISTRIBUTES SWEETS TO “CELEBRATE” MURDER OF 23 YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN YOUTH

On Thursday this week (18 May 2017, an Israeli settler distributed chocolates to “celebrate” the killing of a Palestinian youth, Muataz Shamsa (23). The Israeli settler can be seen, in a video posted online, saying: “We killed a Palestinian vandal today…I am distributing candy to celebrate the killing. I want to congratulate the Israeli people for the vandal’s death.”

Shamsa was shot dead earlier in the day by another Israeli settler who also shot an Associated Press photographer in the hand. Shamsa was part of a picket in solidarity with #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners who are on day 34 of a hunger strike launched 17 April demanding an end to Israel’s detention without trial among other Israeli human right violations.

After shooting Shamsha and the AP journalist, the Israeli settler fled the scene, running over several Palestinians and crashing into an ambulance on his way. Israeli police, notorious for not apprehending perpetrators of violence against Palestinians, have said that the Israeli settler who shot dead Muataz Shamsha is not being considered a criminal suspect. Instead, the Israeli authorities arrested the Palestinian man who was driving the ambulance that the Israeli shooter ran into, claiming that the ambulance blocked the Israeli settlers escape. Israel has also seized the Palestinian ambulance. Click here for article with video.

WHAT HAPPENS TO ONES BODY ON A HUNGER STRIKE – IT EATS ITSELF [INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS DOCTOR]

The Eritrean-Dutch doctor Zeratzion Hishal from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) is one of the few foreigners granted access to the 1500 #PalestinianPoliticalPirisoners who are on hunger strike (for 34 days now) in Israeli jails protesting against Israeli human rights violations.

Dr Hishal explains that during the first 2 or 3 days, the body desperately searches for food, leading to extremely sharp stomach pains. However, “after three days there is no food coming in. The stomach says there is no food and the brain accepts it.” Thereafter, instead of searching for new food, the body begins eating reserves of fat inside itself.

After two weeks, hunger strikers start to experience dizziness, joint pain across the body and headaches.
In the third or fourth week, hunger strikers typically vomit uncontrollably several times a day for three to four days, due in large part to their body’s natural balance deteriorating. “Every time they drink they can vomit.
Sleep is rare. The intense joint pain involved in even tiny movements also makes it harder to sleep. Dr Hishal adds that: “The sleep doesn’t come…every day they sleep less.”
But it is around 30 days, the point at which the #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners are currently, that the risks increase significantly. Around this point strikers have often lost between 18 and 20 percent of their body weight. After more than a month, having consumed all fat reserves, the body starts eating its own proteins — meaning muscle and later even organs. “On a hunger strike, you eat yourself,” Dr Hishal said. 

Over 1500 #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners are on day 34 of the their hunger strike demanding an end to Israel’s detention without trial among other human rights violations. There are currently over 6500 #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners detained by Israel. Over the past 50 years, more than 800 000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel. Virtually every single Palestinian family has been affected by Israeli imprisonment of a loved one. Presently there are more than 500 Palestinians held under Israel’s “administrative detention” (equivalent of Apartheid SA’s “detention without trial”). 25 Palestinian journalists and 13 Palestinian parliamentarians are also currently being incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Israel is also holding 300 Palestinian children (some as young as 13 years old). Click here for more info.

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