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Israel: Court To Hold Shalabi Hearing Tuesday

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An Israeli court will hold a hearing for hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi on Tuesday morning, a lawyer from the prisoners society said.

Shalabi started a hunger strike on Feb. 16 after she was re-arrested by Israeli forces, despite being freed in a prisoner swap deal in October.

Lawyer Jawad Boulos said Ofer military court will hold an administrative hearing on Tuesday at 10 a.m. to examine developments in negotiations between the defense and military prosecutor on Shalabi’s case. He said the hearing will be “useless”, as these negotiations have already failed.

Shalabi, whose health has deteriorated after 33 days without food, will not be present at the hearing, he added.

Bolous said the hearing is being held at his request in order to move to a decision on resuming Shalabi’s trial. There will be another hearing after Tuesday to decide on Shalabi’s case, he said, noting his frustration with “procrastination over making a decision.”

The 29-year-old is being held under administrative detention regulations that permit Israel to hold Palestinians for renewable terms of six months with pressing charges. She was initially given to six months but the term was later reduced to four months.

Over 300 Palestinians are held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, using laws dating back to the British Mandate period.

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