The Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqie, announced today that his ministry is organizing an international campaign against the Israeli administrative detention and ill-treatment of Palestinian political detainees in Israeli jails.
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“ This campaign an open invitation to all human-right groups and supporters of the Palestinian cause, governmental or non-governmental associations, to sign a petition that calls for pressuring the Israeli occupation to end its policy of administrative detention since its illegal under international law and inhuman practice.” Qaraqie told IMEMC on Thursday.
Meanwhile Palestinian Political prisoners in Israeli jails said on Thursday that they are going to boycott Israeli military courts in protest of administrative detention and ill-treatment by their captives.
The recent developments come as political detainee Hana Ash-Shalabi entered her 15th day of hunger Strike. Ash-Shalabi was arrested from her home on February 16th by Israeli troops. She is protesting the army order of butting her under Administrative Detention for six month.
“Hana is losing a lot of weight, she parley can stand, I hold the Egyptian mediators of the prisoners swap deal the responsibility for the wellbeing of my daughter” Yihiya Ash-Shalabi, Hana’s father told IMEMC on Thursday from the protest tent outside his home in the village of Borqeen near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Ash-Shalabi was released last October after spending two years under Israeli administrative detention, her release came as part of the Egyptian mediated prisoners swap deal between Palestinian groups and Israel.
Israel uses Administrative Detention to hold Palestinians without charges, a detention that could amount for years in some cases. Ayman Karajja Is a researcher for Al Dameer association for human rights. He explained to IMEMC what is the Administrative Detention.
“Basically administrative detention orders deprive the defendant and the lawyers the right to refute the charges because there are no charges presented by the military prosecutor” Karajja added that “The file is usually inaccessible by the lawyers under the pretext of being classified. The court justifies the secrecy of the files as a high security need of the occupying state.”
There are 4500 Palestinians that are currently being held by Israeli as political detainees, 300 of them are under administrative detention.
Ash-Shalabi is following the footsteps of detainee, Adnan Khader, who reached a near death condition and organ failure after 66 days of hunger strike. Khader ended his strike last month after Israel pledged to release him in April.
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