Palestinian prisoner ends starvation strike as Israel guarantees launch

Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash agreed Jan. four to finish his 141-day starvation strike after Israeli authorities agreed to not renew his detention. He is predicted to be launched on Feb. 26, however the Israeli authorities haven’t confirmed the date.

Abu Hawash, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank village of Dura, near Hebron, has been held in Israel underneath an administrative detention order since October 2020. According to the Shin Bet, he’s member of the phobia group Islamic Jihad, however he has by no means been charged. Upon his arrest, the Shin Bet introduced confidential paperwork to justify his detention. The authorized measure permits Israeli authorities to arrest individuals deemed to pose an imminent safety risk and maintain them with out costs or setting a trial date.

Abu Hawash began his starvation strike after the Aug. 17 renewal of the primary administrative detention order in October. Since then, he has prevented meals and drank solely water and his well being has deteriorated.

Palestinians throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have protested in current weeks in help of Abu Hawash. Islamic Jihad has threatened Israeli with navy motion if he dies in custody. The group’s Secretary General Ziyad Al-Nakhala warned, “We will consider this a premeditated assassination carried out by the enemy, and we will deal with the matter in accordance with the requirements of our commitment to respond to any assassination.”

The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation issued a statement Jan. 4 saying that the leadership “expressed grave concern over the crucial well being state of affairs of the Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, who’s on an open starvation strike for the 141st day in protest towards his detention with out trial within the Israeli occupation jails.”

Israeli assessments from yesterday said growing tensions on the Gaza border in recent days were related to this affair and instigated by Islamic Jihad. Other reports said that the prolonged detention of Abu Hawash and his death could escalate tensions in the West Bank, especially on the backdrop of the Dec. 28 assembly in Israel between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The assembly in Gantz’ home in Rosh Ha’ayin was adopted by the announcement of a sequence of confidence-building measures for the Palestinians. Still, Abbas was criticized by a number of Palestinian teams over the assembly.

Reports say that Egypt has been concerned in current efforts to safe Abu Hawash’s launch that intensified over the previous two days, with the Palestinian Authority’s intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Majed Faraj, getting concerned. Faraj was additionally current on the Dec. 28 assembly between Gantz and Abbas in Rosh Ha’ayin.

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