100 Palestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike
Occupied Palestine – More than 100 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are still on hunger strike for the fifth day in a row, protesting their indefinite administrative detention by Israeli occupation.
Director of Ahrar Centre for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies, Fuad al-Khafash, said Monday that the Israeli occupation has continued assaulting the hunger strikers and tried to stop their strike.
In response to harsh Israeli prison practices, such as administrative detention—imprisonment without trial or the continuation of imprisonment after the completion of a sentence—denial of basic living amenities, restriction of visiting hours, and solitary confinement, Palestinian detainees have been refusing food provided by the Israeli prisons inside and outside of the West Bank and Gaza.
The prisoners’ families are living difficult moments in the light of preventing them from visiting their sons. They are in deep fear about their sons’ lives inside the Israeli prisons, the director added.
Al-Khafash called on all international and local media and human rights organizations to carry out support campaigns to back the prisoners on their strike.
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli occupation to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.
Israel has issued 23,000 administrative detention orders since the outbreak of intifadah in 2000 according to the prisoners’ affairs ministry.