Days of Palestine

Saturday, March 25

Israeli court rejects appeal for release of hunger-striking prisoner Ahmad Zahran

Days of Palestine -

Days Of Palestine – Ramallah

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission said that the Israeli military court of Ofer rejected an appeal submitted for the release of prisoner Ahmad, Zahran, who has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 107 consecutive days in protest of his detention without charge or trial.

The commission in a press statement said that the court demanded that Zahran end his hunger strike before meeting his demand to end his administrative detention, alleging the need to investigate him but his current health condition does not allow it.

To be noted, Israeli investigators from Maskubiya detention and interrogation center attempted to investigate Zahran while he was on al-Ramlah hospital bed despite his deteriorating condition after 90 consecutive days of hunger strike, however, they were unable to pursue the investigation due to the severity of his health condition.

The commission condemned the Israeli court’s claims and confirmed that it will appeal against its decision at the Supreme Court of Israel.

Zahran was transferred yesterday to Kaplan Medical Center in Israel following severe deterioration on his health.

Zahran has lost more than 35 kilograms of his weight and his health condition is rapidly deteriorating. He suffers from slow heartbeat, pains throughout his body and Hyponatremia (low blood sodium, or salt deficiency), among other symptoms.

Zahran, from the Ramallah-area village of Deir Abu Mishaal, was previously also on hunger strike but ended it 39 days later after he was told that his administrative detention would not be renewed after it runs out.

However, when the Israeli military reneged on this promise and extended his detention by four months, he resumed the hunger strike.

Zahran was detained in March 2019 and had previously spent a total of 15 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation. He is a father of four.