Five Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails have been on an open-ended hunger strike in protest of their administrative detention without a charge or trial, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
The PPS stated that five Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails have been on hunger strike in protest of undefined detention without charge by the Israeli occupation.
The five detainees are Kayed Fasfous, Sultan Khalouf, Abdul Rahman Baraka, Hassan Jaradat, and Maher al-Akhras.
The Palestinian detainees Kayed Al-Fasfous and Sultan Khalouf have been on hunger strike for the 27th day in a row, PPS added.
Meanwhile, The Palestinian detainee Abdul Rahman Baraka has been on hunger strike for the 20th day in a row.
The Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras, 52, from Jenin joined the hunger strike on Wednesday in protest of his detention.
PPS pointed out that Khalouf is a former prisoner who spent years in Israeli jails, noting that he carried out an open-ended hunger strike that lasted for 67 days in protest against his administrative detention in 2019.
Kayed Al-Fasfous, 34, from the city of Dura has been detained since May 2, 2023. Al-Fasfous is a former detainee who spent about 7 years in Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.
Al-Fasfous went on an open-ended hunger strike in 2021 that lasted 131 days as well as in 2019 in protest of his administrative detention. It is reported that all of his siblings were arrested and he is married and has a daughter.
The Israeli occupation has escalated its administrative detention policy against Palestinians as the number of administrative detainees currently exceeds 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.
Since 2023, the Israeli occupation has issued about 1978 administrative detention warrants until the end of last July, according to the data of the Prisoners’ Club.
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.