Transmitted below is an English translation of a letter written by Palestinian “administrative detainee” Thaer Halahleh to his two-year-old daughter on the 75th day of his hunger strike, now joined by between 2000 and 2500 other Palestinian detainees and prisoners, to protest against Israel’s unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detentions, abusive interrogations and inhuman prison conditions.
According to the British Medical Association, death usually occurs between day 55 and day 75 of a hunger strike.
In recent days, Halahleh, who is today entering day 77, has been vomiting blood and bleeding from his lips and gums.
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Thaer Halahleh’s letter to his daughter: "My Beloved Lamar…Forgive me"
Submitted by Linah Alsaafin on Sat, 05/12/2012 - http://electronicintifada.net/The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs received a letter from hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Thaer Halahleh addressed to his two year old daughter Lamar, most likely passed on by one of Addameer’s lawyers Mona Neddad during her last visit to the Ramle prison hospital on Thursday, May 10.
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In the latest installation of prisoner profiles for Al-Akhbar English News, I wrote how Lamar who was born while Thaer was imprisoned only knows her father through pictures and posters.
“A month later on July 19, Thaer became a father to baby Lamar but only got to meet her months later on October 9, the first visit allowed him since his last arrest and the only time his family were able to see him. Lamar is almost 2 years old now, and knows her father through pictures. She goes to sleep with a photo of her father tucked beneath her cheek. She is convinced that there is a wedding every day because of the solidarity tent set up outside the family home in the Hebron village of Kharaas. Her mother Shireen cries privately when Lamar insists on wearing a new dress every day.”Below is a translated version of Thaer’s letter, by Jalal Najjar: