Days of Palestine

Israeli Occupation Threatens to Impose Heavy Penalties on Hunger-Striker Detainees

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Israeli Occupation threatened on Wednesday, 22 March 2023 to impose heavy penalties on Hunger-Striker Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

In a statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners said that Israeli occupation prison services threatened to impose heavy penalties on more than 2000 Palestinian detainees who join the strike action on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

More than 2000 Palestinian detainees in an Israeli jail will go on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against the Israeli regime’s repressive policies.

The major grievance of the Palestinian prisoners is the repressive measures adopted upon orders from the far-right Israeli minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

The hunger strike is to draw attention to violations of the basic rights of Palestinian prisoners. The inmates are denied access to basic medical care and are frequently subjected to torture.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are held under administrative detention, in which Israel keeps the detainees without charge for up to six months, a period which can be extended an infinite number of times. Rights groups say Israel’s use of administrative detention is a ‘bankrupt tactic.’

Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards.

 The Israeli occupation has escalated its administrative detention policy against Palestinians as the number of administrative detainees 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.

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.