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Friday, June 10, 2011

Hunger strike by Palestinian detainee with untreated brain tumor enters second week

IMEMC- A Palestinian man being held in an Israeli prison has entered the second week of hunger strike after Israeli authorities refused to allow him to receive treatment for a recently-diagnosed brain tumor.

According to the Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqie, the Israeli military has thus far refused a request by the Ministry to hold a court hearing for the release of Akram Mansour, 55, who has been on hunger strike for one week.

Mansour submitted a letter through his lawyer to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and human rights groups on Thursday, saying that he would continue his hunger strike until he is allowed to receive proper medical care.

Mansour has been held in an Israeli prison facility since 1979 for allegedly supporting an attack on an Israeli civilian bus that began as a hostage situation but ended with the deaths of Israeli civilians. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for conspiracy charges.

According to the Middle East Monitor, Akram Mansour was born in the city of Qalqilya in 1962, one of a family of fifteen. He was educated in UNRWA schools but had to leave early due to hard living conditions; after which he worked with his father on construction sites, and joined the Palestinian resistance movement at an early age. Read more