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BBC Guerilla Projection In Solidarity With Heba Labadi


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2 November 2019



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London








On Saturday 2nd November 2019 Inminds Human Rights Group along with the Islamic Human Rights Commission carried out a guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, the iconic headquarters of news media in the UK. The projection demanded Heba Labadi's immediate release and asked why the media in the UK, in particular the BBC was silent whilst Israel tortured and caged Heba with impunity.

Inminds chair Abbas Ali said "We are here to ask the BBC, and all UK media, why they are silent to Palestinian suffering? A young lady on her way to a wedding has been abducted by Israel, brutally tortured and given an illegal 6 prison sentence without any charge or trial, so she can't even defend herself! The only recourse she had was to go on hunger strike. Today is day 38 of her hunger strike. As punishment for her hunger strike Israel moved her into an tiny damp underground cell infested with cockroaches, empty apart from a filthy sheet and four cameras spying on her 24/7, at its Al Jalame dungeon infamous for its children's torture cells. She is dying, and yet the BBC is silent. In an unprecedented move all the United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs on Torture, on Violence Against Women, on Arbitrary Detention, on Extrajudicial Executions, on Discrimination Against Women and Girls have all condemned Israel and demanded Heba's immediate release, yet the BBC is silent. What will it take for the BBC to report her story? Does she have to die in that dungeon before the BBC will notice her? Are Palestinian lives worth less to the BBC?"

HEBA'S ARREST AND TORTURE

Heba Labadi, a 32 years old Palestinian from Jordan, was abducted on 20th August 2019 by Israeli occupation forces whilst she was travelling from Jordan to the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge crossing, to attend a family wedding in Nablus.

Heba Labadi was stripped of her clothes as soon as she was arrested, handcuffed, blindfolded and leg-chained before being moved to the Pitah-Tikva interrogation centre. There she was horrifically tortured, both physically and psychologically. She was interrogated for 35 days. The torture sessions lasted 20 consecutive hours a day for the first 16 days, with only two 30 minute breaks for food. They shackling her hands and legs to a small chair and positioned her body to slant forward so that she cannot sit in a stable position. These stress positions are designed to cause maximum pain, many detainees have never recovered from this form of torture. Whist she was bound they violently shouted at her and physically abused her.

Heba has had to endure countless degrading strip searches, sexual harassment, abuse, and humiliation with interrogators provocatively touching her legs whilst she was tied up, and entering the bathroom with a machine gun starring at her whist she was changing her menstrual pad. They used physical violence and spat at her, insulted her religious beliefs. She said "they threatened me and said that they had arrested my mother and sister in an attempt to force me confess."

Her lawyer was prevented from seeing her for the first 23 days of torture. Her mother has not been allowed to see her, even after 2 months of imprisonment.



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London















A REGIME OF TORTURE

As part of the torture, Heba was constantly rotated between Israel's different torture dens to face different interrogators. These included the Russian Compound of Jerusalem prison which has been named the "butcher shop" by female detainees.
One described her experience "I felt my body burning under their [electric shock] machine.. the intense pain.. so severe". Another female detainee, kindergarden teacher, testified "the interrogation went on for hours.. they punched me in the stomach.. and a female soldier repeatedly kicked me in the head until I lost consciousness.. when i awoke I found myself in a cell, chained to a bed and bleeding.. after I was examined by a doctor they found internal bleeding in my kidneys..".

Heba was also taken to Megiddo where young Palestinian father Arafat Jaradat, accused of throwing a stone, was tortured to death. Shin Bet claimed he had died of a heart attack but the autopsy carried out at the National Israeli Forensic Medicine Center showed no sign of heart failure or any other illness, but revealed broken bones and found his whole body was covered in "strong and excessive bruising".. "under the skin inside the muscle and along the spine at the bottom of the neck deep inside the tissue". The autopsy determined the cause of death as "nervous shock as a result of extreme pain from the intensity of the injuries, which resulted from multiple direct and extensive acts of torture".
Currently Heba is caged at Al Jalame which is infamous for its tiny "hole in the ground cells" three floors below the surface where children are often caged. A grandmother caged at Al Jalame described it as "I feel I was in the cell, death, in all sense of the word" [ like a coffin].

Heba, in a statement to her lawyer said "What I suffered in the interrogation and the detention conditions of cruelty and atrocity, I felt that this might be just imagination, but I lived it. It is abnormal and unjust, where I heard about their treatment but it is different from the reality. This experience is the greatest injustice to humanity, thus, we prefer death rather than humiliation."

ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION

When all the torture failed to secure a false confession, they told her "we do not have any evidence against you, but we have the administrative detention with the authority to renew it for seven years and a half, and then we will detain you in the West Bank and prevent you from going to Jordan and deprive you of family visits". On 24th September Heba was slapped with a six month Administration Detention order.

Administrative Detention is a practice whereby Israel arbitrarily imprisons Palestinians, often children, without charge or trial indefinitely on rolling 6 month detention orders. It is often used to jail Palestinians when there is no evidence for a trial, or as punishment. Palestinian prisoners have described administrative detention as "mental slaughter" as there is no charge so no way for them to defend themselves; and there is no indication of how long they will be imprisoned. As they complete one 6 month detention order and get ready to leave the prison with their family waiting at the gates, another detention order may be issued - some prisoners have been on rolling administrative detention orders on and off for 11 years!

Since 2000 Israel has issued over 26,000 administrative detention orders against Palestinians. In May 2016 the United Nations Committee Against Torture demanded Israel end its practice of AD. Today well over 400 Palestinians, including children, are caged under administrative detention orders.



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London


Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London

HUNGER STRIKE FOR FREEDOM

Two days after receiving a 6 month administrative detention order, on 26th September, Heba started her hunger strike to protest her unjust treatment. Today is day 30 of her hunger strike. After 20 days of hunger strike she had already lost nearly 10 Kg in weight and now after two months, her health condition is very precarious. Having depleted the body's glucose, and processed her body fat into energy, her body has entered "starvation mode" whereby the body "mines" the muscles and vital organs for energy, this is life-threatening. Last week, after a visit, her lawyer reported that Heba is suffering severe heart problems, dizziness, and difficulty speaking, with significant weight loss.

As punishment for her hunger strike Heba has been moved to Israel's notorious Al Jalame dungeon and caged in isolation in a tiny damp underground cell infested with cockroaches.. no furniture, empty apart from a filthy sheet, 4 cameras spying on her at all times, she is still in the same cloths from over a month ago.

Despite all the pressure to end her hunger strike, Heba is defiant, she insists "I will continue until the end [of Administrative Detention] or I shall die."

HELD HOSTAGE BY ISRAEL

On 30th October 2019, it was revealed on Israeli media that Israel is holding Heba Labadi as a hostage for land it wants from Jordan. Israel illegally occupied Jordanian border lands in 1950, under the peace treaty Israel kept these occupied lands under a 25 year lease agreement which ended in October 2019. The land should now be returned to Jordan, but Israel is blackmailing the Jordanian government to renew the lease in return for the release of Jordanian prisoners including Heba Labadi. This clearly shows that Heba has been abducted, tortured and caged for no reason other than as a political pawn to pressure the Jordanian government to legitimize Israel's occupation of Jordanian land.

CONDEMNED BY THE UN

On 31st October 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteurs on Torture, on Violence Against Women, on Arbitrary Detention, on Extrajudicial Executions, on Discrimination Against Women and Girls all in an unprecedented move condemned Israel's interrogation of Heba Labadi "that could amount to torture" and demanded her "immediate release" and further called on Israel to "abolish" administrative detention which is "incompatible with international humanitarian law and international human rights law".



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London



Guerilla projection in solidarity with tortured Palestinian woman hunger striker Heba Labadi, on the walls of BBC Broadcasting House, London


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