Israel refuses to release Palestinian hunger-striker Maher Al-Akhras

Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras is being hospitalized at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot
Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras is being hospitalized at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot

 

The Israeli Supreme Court issued on Monday its final decision in the case of the Palestinian administrative detainee Maher Al-Akhras, refusing to release the Palestinian hunger-striker before 26 November.

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According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), al-Akhras’s lawyer has filed a request to the Court demanding his client’s immediate release. All the requests were rejected by the court over the past few weeks.

After the court’s decision, Al-Akhras announced that his hunger strike is to be continued until he is immediately released.

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Al-Akhras has waged an open-ended hunger strike against the Israeli policy of "administrative detention". He has been on a hunger strike for 76 days in a row.

Since the very beginning of Al-Akhras hunger strike, he has been moved to several places, in a desperate attempt to exhaust him.

First he was held in the Hawara Detention Center, south of Nablus. Then, he was moved to the Ofer prison in Ramallah. After 30 days of his hunger strike beginning, he was moved to Ramla Clinic. Finally, he was moved to the Israeli Kaplan Hospital after a serious deterioration in his health.

The Islamic Jihad Movement in the besieged Gaza Strip has organized a sit-in on Saturday in solidarity with al-Akhras.

During the sit-in, Palestinians called on international human rights groups to urgently put pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to save Al-Akhras’ life.


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