|Born||21 April 1982 (age 37)|
|Education||Master's degree in Contemporary Arab Studies, Birzeit University|
|Television||Correspondent at Almajd TV Network|
|Spouse(s)||Fayha Shalash, journalist|
Muhammad al-Qiq or Mohammed al-Qeeq (Arabic: محمد القيق) is a Palestinian Journalist, Correspondent and reporter at the Saudi News Agency Almajd TV Network. He went on a hunger strike in protest against his being incarcerated under Israeli administrative detention (internment without trial or charge). The Associated Press reported: "Israel's Shin Bet security service says al-Qeq is involved in terrorism activities linked to the militant Hamas movement." Likewise, AFP reported: "Shin Bet, the Israeli domestic security service, said Qiq was arrested for 'terror activity' as part of the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip."
Muhammad al-Qiq, born 1982, married and father of two children, lives in the village of Abu Qash in the Ramallah District in Palestine. He has a master's degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Birzeit University.
- 1 Arrest
- 2 Previous Arrests and Detentions
- 3 Hunger strike
- 4 Political and diplomatic
- 5 Humanitarian
- 6 Israeli public opinion
- 7 Professional
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
B'Tselem further reported that the classified intelligence evidence viewed by the Israeli Supreme Court was judged significant, and Al-Qiq's detention therefore deemed justified. Unusually, the Court decision contained details of the reasons for Al-Qiq's detention: "Involvement in recent military activity, in the operations of Kutla Islamiya in Bir Zeit University, and military contact with operatives in the Gaza Strip."
Previous Arrests and Detentions
In 2003, Al-Qiq was imprisoned for a month; in 2004, he was imprisoned for 13 months for "Hamas-related activities"; and in 2008, he was "sentenced to 16 months on charges linked to his activities on the student council at the West Bank's Birzeit University."
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. Prison guards at HaEmek Medical Center hospital in Afula tied him to his bed, forcibly examined and treated him, and put an intravenous line in his arm to administer salts and minerals against his will.
On 15 January 2016, al-Qiq collapsed and was transferred to an intensive care unit and forcibly treated again.
"Free or dead"
In an interview with Al Jazeera English on 1 February 2016, al-Qiq's wife, Fayha Shalash, said that her husband had signed a document refusing any medical treatment, even if he loses consciousness. "His decision is very clear: either free or dead, not in between," Shalash said.
Starting 10 January 2016, the hospital forcibly fed al-Qiq for four consecutive days. He was strapped to his bed, unable to get up for any reason, and fed intravenously.
Lost significant hearing
Lost ability to speak
On 6 February 2016 (74th consecutive day) it was reported that al-Qiq has lost his ability to speak due to his frail health, and that he only communicates in writing. He has said he will continue his hunger strike until "martyrdom or freedom".
High Court "suspends" detention order
On Thursday 4 February, Israel's High Court of Justice "suspended" the detention order after al-Qiq's health deteriorated. Its conditions stipulated that al-Qiq must remain in hospital, and must seek permission from the Israeli authorities should he wish to receive treatment at another hospital. According to al-Qiq's lawyer, Jawad Boulus, the High Court said that the authorities would re-arrest al-Qiq should his health improve, and resume the detention order against him. The journalist vowed to continue his hunger strike until he is released or dead.
Refuses Israeli offer to be released in May
On Sunday 7 February 2016, al-Qiq refused an Israeli offer to be released in May. While still gravely ill and at risk of death, the hunger striker is insisting on an immediate end to his administrative detention. Pointing out an apparent inconsistency in the reasons given by Israel for detaining al-Qiq and the offer of release on 1 May, Amnesty International asked: If al-Qiq was detained for real and imperative reasons of security, how can the authorities know he will no longer pose a threat as of 1 May?
High Court compromise proposal
On Monday, 15 February, Israeli High Court of Justice proposed the solution to transfer al-Qiq to Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. Justice Elyakim Rubinstein has denied al-Qiq's lawyer to transfer him to a hospital in Ramallah from the hospital in Afula where he is currently hospitalised.
Support and Solidarity
Since 25 November 2015 daily bases Palestinian Cities day and night Protest for freedom for hunger-striking journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq
On 80th day of hunger strike, New York protest calls for freedom for al-Qeeq, all Palestinian prisoners
12 February 2016, Global: Call the White House to demand freedom for Mohammed al-Qeeq
Free Mohammed al-Qeeq on 81st day of hunger strike, urge activists in Dublin and London
Palestinian ex-prisoner launches solidarity strike in Gaza with al-Qeeq
Photos: Projections on BBC headquarters demand coverage on Omar Nayef Zayed, hunger striker al-Qeeq
15 February 2016, Cyprus: Protest to Free Mohammed al-Qeeq
Brazilian organizations demand freedom for Mohammed al-Qeeq
19 February 2016, NYC: Protest to demand freedom for Mohammed al-Qeeq
13 February 2016, Dublin: Emergency Protest for Mohammed al-Qeeq
Call to action as hunger-striker al-Qeeq "closer to death than to life"
Leila Khaled urges freedom for Mohammed al-Qeeq, justice for Omar Nayef Zayed in meetings at European Parliament
8 February 2016, USA: National call-in day to end Mohammed al-Qeeq's administrative detention
Berlin protesters stand in solidarity with hunger-striking journalist Al-Qeeq, Palestinian prisoners
On his 73rd day of hunger strike, New York protest calls for freedom for Mohammed al-Qeeq
12 February 2016, NYC: Protest to free Mohammed al-Qeeq and stop G4S
Gaza activity in solidarity with administrative detainee Mohammed al-Qeeq
Tampa vigil stands in solidarity with Palestinian hunger striker Al-Qeeq
Murals in Denmark and Gaza urge release of hunger striking Palestinian journalist Al-Qeeq
Milan protest urges freedom for imprisoned Palestinian journalist Al-Qeeq
3 February 2016, Global: Gaza activists plan Twitter campaign for Mohammed al-Qeeq
6 February 2016, Montreal: Protest to Free Mohammed al-Qeeq
5 February 2016, Berlin: Protest for freedom for hunger-striking journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq
Break the silence on Al-Qeeq and Palestine, London protesters tell BBC
5 February 2016, NYC: Protest to free hunger strikers and all Palestinian prisoners
Berlin protest demands freedom for imprisoned Palestinian journalist al-Qeeq on 66th day of hunger strike
29 January 2016, London: Emergency Protest – Demand freedom for Hunger Striking Journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq
29 January 2016, NYC: Protest to free Mohammed al-Qeeq and end administrative detention
22 January 2016, NYC: Protest to free Mohammed al-Qeeq and all Palestinian prisoners
12 January 2016, Gaza press conference highlights cases of hunger striker Al-Qeeq, Omar Nayef Zayed
Political and diplomatic
The Chairman of the Committee for Detainees and Ex-detainees, Issa Qaraqe, said al-Qiq's health condition has deteriorated severely, and that he is in real need of intensive care. He called on the world community to intervene and to press Israel to set him free, saying Al-Qiq insists on going free before he ends his hunger-strike.
On Thursday 28 January 2016, the International Committee of the Red Cross said that after 64 days, al-Qiq's hunger strike "has entered a critical stage" and his life was being put at risk. They called on Israel "to find a solution that will avoid any loss of life."
In a statement issued on Tuesday 2 February 2016, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, Robert Piper, reiterated "the United Nations' long-standing position that all administrative detainees – Palestinian or Israeli – should be charged or released without delay".
Israeli public opinion
There are voices among Israeli public that call for government to stop practice of administrative detentions and either release such prisoners or put him on trial. The protests against the police and al-Qiq detention are being organized by Israeli Arab journalists and members of Knesset.
On 14 January 2016, the International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate expressed deep concern over al-Qiq's health and demanded his immediate release.
- Israeli hospital report confirms hunger-striker's critical condition, Ma'an News Agency
- Israel Approves Forcible Treatment of Hunger Striker al-Qiq, Wafa
- "Palestinian journalist keeps up hunger strike". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- "Life of journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, administrative detainee on hunger strike for 65 days, in danger". Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- "Palestinian journalist keeps up hunger strike". Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- Palestinian Hunger Striker Mohammed Al-Qiq's Condition Takes a Turn for the Worse, Haaretz
- Israel must end ill-treatment of hunger-striking Palestinian detainee, Amnesty International, 22 January 2016
- Q&A: Jailed Palestinian man to be 'either free or dead', Al Jazeera English, 1 February 2016
- Israel forcibly treated hunger-striking journalist
- Israeli court to hold hearing for hunger-striking journalist, Ma'an News Agency
- Imprisoned hunger striker al-Qiq refuses Israeli offer to be released in May, Ma'an News Agency
- 'Suspending detention is murder': Family of Palestinian hunger-striker, The New Arab
- Israel/OPT: Palestinian hunger-striking detainee close to death, Amnesty International
- Jack Khoury and Ido Efrati. "Compromise Sought to Save Palestinian Hunger-striker's Life". Ha Aretz. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- Palestinian journalist continues hunger-strike for 64 consecutive days, Alresalah newspaper.
- Palestinian inmate in critical stage, PressTV
- Statement by the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, Robert Piper, on Israel’s continued practice of administrative detention, 3 February 2016
- "Israel Must Try or Free Hunger-striking Palestinian Journalist al-Qiq". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- Haggai Matar. "Journalists protest for release of hunger striking Palestinian". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- Detained without trial: Hunger striking Palestinian journalist's health deteriorating in Israeli jail, IFEX