Maan News Agency
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh said Monday that he
would protest Israel's decision to deport Palestinian prisoners in
international and Arab courts.
Former hunger-striker Hana
Shalabi, who arrived in Gaza on Sunday, was the latest prisoner to be
deported by Israel under the terms of her release. Shalabi, who fasted
for 43 days in protest at her detention without charge, is from Burqin
village in the northern West Bank.
Haniyeh visited her on Monday
in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. He told reporters her deportation was a
war crime and a violation of human rights and international law.
He praised 29-year-old Shalabi, who he said had "broken the will of her warden."
His Hamas-led government will bear all responsibility for her, he added.
urged Egypt to pressure Israel to stop targeting released prisoners.
Egypt mediated a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel in October.
Hundreds of prisoners were deported to Gaza and abroad under the deal.
Gaza premier insisted that Israel should respect the terms of its
agreement with Shalabi. According to the deal, Shalabi will be allowed
to return home after three years.
Human rights groups have
slammed the terms of Shalabi's deal. The International Committee of the
Red Cross urged Israel "to comply with international humanitarian law,
which prohibits Israel, whatever its motives, from forcibly transferring
Palestinians to another territory."
Addameer and Physicians for
Human Rights - Israel said in a joint statement that they feared the
restriction of Shalabi's access to doctors and lawyers, in addition to
the prevention of family visits, were used as coercion.
told Ma'an on Monday that she did not consider herself a deportee, and
that she was "among family and loved ones" in Gaza.
She expressed gratitude to Palestinians and "all the free people in the world" for supporting her during the strike.
"I cannot find words to thank all those who supported me and sympathized with my cause.
am proud of all of you, and I hereby confirm that I have moved from the
field of direct confrontation with the (Israeli) occupation to the
field of supporting all prisoners who face their jailers with a firm
will and steadfastness," she said.
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