Israel folds to hunger-striking Hamas terrorist

Jailed Palestinian terrorist Mohammed al-Qiq is to end his 94-day hunger strike, after Israel folded and agreed to release him.

His relatives held a press conference Friday at Haemek Hospital in Afula where he is hospitalized, and announced that according to an agreement with the state he will be released on May 21, instead of June 21.

The terrorist is to remain in the hospital and not be transferred to a hospital in Ramallah or eastern Jerusalem as had been previously reported.

Qiq, a 33-year-old father of two and a correspondent for Saudi Arabia's Almajd TV network, was arrested on November 21, 2015 in Ramallah.

He has a history of being jailed for aiding Hamas; previously he was jailed for a month in 2003 and then for 13 months in 2004 for activities with the Hamas terrorist organization.

In 2008, he was sentenced to 16 months in prison on charges linked to his activities on the student council at Ramallah's radical Birzeit University.

It should be noted that jailed terrorists have often used hunger strikes as a pressure tactic aimed at forcing Israel to release them out of fear for their lives. Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released hunger strikers.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208579

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