Days of Palestine – Ramallah
Bassam and Bilal Diab, two Palestinian brothers from the town of Kafr Ra'i in the north of the occupied West Bank, continue their hunger strike for the tenth day a row today in protest of their re-detention by the Israeli occupation forces.
The two brothers were detained by the Israeli occupation forces on January 19 during an overnight raid into their homes in their hometown, and are currently incarcerated in the Al-Jalama interrogation center near Haifa.
Bilal, 36 years old, had been detained five times by Israeli occupation authorities in 2003, 2011, 2012, 2017, and 2019. During his detention in 2012, he underwent a 78-day hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge or trial, which ended up in his release.
Bassam, 37 years old, had also been detained three times by the occupation authorities in 2003, 2013, and 2018.
Usually, Palestinian prisoners would start individual hunger strikes in protest of administrative detention, an Israeli policy that allows the detention of Palestinians without a charge or trial. Yet, the Diab brothers case is a precedent since it is the first time two Palestinian prisoners engage in a hunger strike in protest of re-arrest by the occupation authorities.