Kaid Al-Fasfous, a 34-year-old Palestinian detainee hailing from Dura in Hebron, continues his hunger strike, which has entered its 54th day, amid deteriorating health conditions, in protest against his administrative detention.
Critical Health Deterioration
The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees released a statement on Sunday, September 24, 2023, raising alarms about Al-Fasfous’s rapidly declining health. He has shed nearly 30 kilograms of weight and is grappling with excruciating bodily pains.
His health has reached a perilous juncture, affecting his ability to move, and he is plagued by severe headaches and overall weakness.
Allegations have surfaced accusing Israeli occupation authorities of mistreating Al-Fasfous. Recent actions include his transfer from Negev prison to Eshel prison, the denial of family visits, and the imposition of fines in a bid to coerce him into terminating his hunger strike.
History of Recurring Administrative Detention
Al-Fasfous, a Hebron native aged 34, was rearrested on May 2, 2023, under administrative detention—a practice he has repeatedly endured since 2007.
Moreover, Al-Fasfous has a history of imprisonment, having spent approximately seven years in Israeli detention, during which he was frequently subjected to administrative detention.
Legacy of Hunger Strikes
This represents the third hunger strike embarked upon by Al-Fasfous. In 2021, he engaged in a hunger strike lasting 131 days, and in 2019, he protested his administrative detention for an extended period.
The individual hunger strikes among Palestinian detainees have gained momentum this year, particularly in response to the extensive use of administrative detention against various segments of the Palestinian populace.
Currently, Israeli prisons house 5,200 Palestinian detainees, among whom 1,264 are held under administrative detention, including 20 children and four women, as reported by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.