Days of Palestine – Ramallah
A Palestinian prisoner broke Thursday, July 28, 2022 his hunger strike that lasted for consecutive 113 days, after an agreement to limit his administration detention in Israeli occupation jails.
The Prisoners’ Club said that the detainee, Ra’ed Rayyan (27 years), from the town of Beit Duqqu, northwest of Jerusalem, suspended a hunger strike, which lasted 113 days, after an agreement to limit his administrative detention.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), a major Palestinian prisoner advocacy group, described Rayyan’s breaking of his fast a victory that has been reached thanks to his determination to end his administrative detention despite the tremendous pressure practiced against him by the Israeli prison authorities during the course of his strike.
Rayyan is one of nearly 680 Palestinians held without charge or trial under Israel’s unlawful administrative detention policy, deemed illegal by international law, most of them former prisoners who spent years in prison for their resistance of the Israeli occupation.
The widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals usually ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Palestinians and human rights groups say the administrative detention violates the right to due process since evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.
Amnesty International, has described Israel’s administrative detention policy as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”