hunger strike| 10mins
Director: mustafa azizi | Producer: non
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: Palestine
My film is about a hunger strike in the Israeli prisons launched by Palestinian prisoners in 2012. This film seeks only to explore one narrow avenue of this roadmap to apartheid. Namely, the plight of Palestinian prisoners held in the Zionist military system under a policy known as administrative detention. Administrative detention is the practice of imprisoning individuals for indefinite periods of time without charge, trial, or sentence. Israel's use of this practice has been widely criticized by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the Israeli human rights group Bâ€™tselem who argue that it violates international law and represents a grave breach of human rights.
According to Amnesty, Israelâ€™s use of this practice breaches Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which makes clear that no-one should be subjected to arbitrary detention, and that the deprivation of liberty must be based on grounds and procedures established by law. In a recent report, Amnesty also expressed particular concerns that prisoners of conscience were being held solely for the non-violent exercise of their right to freedom of expression and association. Administrative detainees and their lawyers are powerless to defend against these allegations in court. Hunger strike is therefore the only non-violent method of resistance open to prisoners whose sole demand is that their human rights are respected in accordance with international law.
Khader Adnan and Hana al-Shalabi are just two of over 300 Palestinians currently held under administrative detention by the Israeli authorities. Of those currently held, 24 are elected representatives of the Palestinian Legislative Council and one man has been held for over five years.
We answer the questions of: What the meaning of the hunger strike? Why do Palestinian prisoners initiate hunger strikes?
This film was shot in many places: (1) Ramallah, we shot near Betonia and the Mukataa place on the day of the Gilad Shalit deal, in (2) Nablus at the tent in Nablus, where many activities happen for the prisoners, (3) Jenin, at the Hana al-Shalabi home.
Timeline: We followed all the activity of the prisoners for 5 months. Khader Adnan for 66 days, Hana al-Shalabi for 44 days, finishing in April 2012.
We interviewed Maysser Etyany, a prisoners activist in Nablus and Mohamad Slalh: the father of a prisoner.
Mustafa Azizi is the film's editor and director, its cameramen are Ebraham Waizfild and Mustafa Azizi. Narration was done by Chris Landan and Rana Hamdan. This film was made possible by the help of Tanweer Center and ISM.