Days of Palestine

50 Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike In Israeli Jails

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50 Palestinian prisoners are Today Monday, 10 October 2022 on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli occupation jails in protest against Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention.

Thirty Palestinian detainees had stopped taking meals two weeks ago in protest against Israel’s policy of administrative detention for the 16th day, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said in a statement released on Sunday. 

20 more Palestinian prisoners have joined 30 others already going on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli occupation detentions for the second day, PPS added. 

This step comes in support of the thirty administrative Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike for the sixteenth consecutive day in rejection of the administrative detention policy. 

Three days ago, 900 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prison of Ofer returned their meals and they began to suffer from weight loss in addition signs of fatigue and exhaustion began to appear on them. 

The detainees in a message last month said that the practices of the Israel Prison Services (IPS) “are no longer governed by the security obsession as an actual driver of the occupation, but rather are acts of revenge due to their past.”

Nearly 500 Palestininan detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings since the beginning of 2022. The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Israeli occupation supreme court. 

Since the beginning of 2022, the Israeli occupation has issued about 1,365 administrative detention orders, the highest of which was last August, which amounted to 272 arrest summonses.

The Israeli occupation has escalated its administrative detention policy against Palestinians as the number of administrative detainees in Israeli Jails currently exceeded 760, including minors, women, and the elderly, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Commission. 

The Commission added that  80 percent of the administrative detainees are former prisoners who spent years in the prisons most were administrative detentions.

Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention is a pre-emptive measure that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for lengthy periods of time based on disclosed allegations that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Palestinian detainees have constantly resorted to hunger strikes as a method to oppose their administrative detention, demanding an end to this illegal policy that violates international law and Human rights accords.