Hebron, Palestine – The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs confirmed on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, that the Palestinian prisoners Ahmed Al-Masalma and Kaid Al-Fasfous entered their eighth consecutive day of an open hunger strike.
In a press statement issued today, the commission revealed that the two prisoners initiated the hunger strike in protest against their illegal administrative detention.
Both are currently held in the cells of Ofer Prison.
The commission further explained that Kaid Al-Fasfous, a 34-year-old from Hebron, was arrested in May 2023 and subsequently placed under administrative detention for a period of six months.
He is a former prisoner who had previously engaged in a 131-day-long open hunger strike.
Al-Fasfous has three imprisoned brothers, Hassan, Khaled, and Hafez Al-Fasfous, who are still held in Israeli prisons.
Additionally, Ahmed Ibrahim Masalma, a 25-year-old from the town of Beit Awwa in Hebron, was arrested in February. An administrative detention order of four months has been issued against him.
Like Al-Fasfous, Ahmed is a former prisoner who has spent years behind bars.
The Palestinian administrative detainees are preparing to launch an open hunger strike in the coming days in protest against the oppressive policy of administrative detention imposed upon them.
This policy is implemented based on recommendations from the right-wing extremist Israeli government.
The hunger strike serves as a powerful form of nonviolent resistance employed by Palestinian prisoners to draw attention to their unjust detention without trial or charges.
The prisoners hope that their courageous act will raise international awareness about the plight of Palestinian detainees and put pressure on the Israeli occupation to end the policy of administrative detention.