Thirty Palestinian prisoners held in Israel launch starvation strike


The group is being held beneath administrative detention, an Israeli coverage that imprisons them with out cost or trial.

Thirty Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli jails have begun an open-ended starvation strike to protest their administrative detention – a coverage which means they’re being held with out cost or trial.

Israeli authorities have been utilizing this obscure authorized process for greater than half a century, basing it on secret proof, to imprison folks with out cost or trial for an indefinite period of time.

Israel’s coverage permits the detention of Palestinians for renewable intervals often ranging between three and 6 months. Their imprisonment is predicated on undisclosed proof that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Israel claims the coverage is critical for safety causes and permits the federal government to carry “dangerous suspects” with out revealing intelligence info.

Amnesty International has described Israel’s administrative detention coverage as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”

The 30 prisoners in query launched a press release stating that their collective detention amounted to 200 years, in line with Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

“Hundreds of years, during which the occupation prevented us from embracing our families or seeing our children as they were born or growing up. We never celebrated their birthdays, we did not accompany them on their first school day,” the assertion stated.

There are presently greater than 743 Palestinian prisoners jailed beneath administrative detention orders out of a complete of approximately 4,650 whole Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, in line with Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights group.

The final high-profile starvation strike that befell involved Khalil Awawdeh, who went with out meals for 172 days. He ended his strike solely after a written settlement was inked with Israeli authorities to set a restrict for his administrative detention and for him to be launched on October 2.

According to the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Former Detainees Affairs, 80 p.c of administrative detainees have already frolicked in detention.

On 21 September, former administrative detainee Hisham Abu Hawash, who was launched in February 2022 after a prolonged starvation strike, was incarcerated as soon as once more by Israeli authorities.

Ayman al-Tabeesh and Adel Hreibat, two different former long-term starvation strikers who had been launched from administrative detention, have additionally been detained once more.

The detainees occurring starvation strike additionally embrace French-Palestinian lawyer and human rights activist Salah Hammouri, who’s going through a revocation of his everlasting residency standing in Jerusalem primarily based on a “breach of allegiance to the State of Israel”, in line with Addameer.

The first time he was arrested was in 2001 for 5 months when he was solely 16 years outdated. In 2004, he spent 5 months in jail beneath administrative detention. His third arrest was in 2005, when he was imprisoned for seven years. He has been in administrative detention since March 7, 2022.

Chairman of the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, informed the WAFA new company {that a} new group of 50 prisoners will be a part of the starvation strike subsequent Thursday.

According to Addameer, Israeli authorities issued 5,728 administrative detention orders in opposition to Palestinians throughout the Palestinian territories between 2017-2021.

In 2021, there was a surge of 1,695 orders, which had been tied to a marketing campaign of mass arrests by Israeli authorities throughout weeks of violence in May and June.

“For decades, Israel has intentionally used administrative detention to detain individuals, including prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, to punish them for their views and activism,” Amnesty stated.