#PalHunger | Israeli court rules against Palestinian hunger-strikers (detained without charges)

Maan News Agency | May 7, 2012

 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s Supreme Court turned down on Monday an appeal by two Palestinians, who have been on hunger strike for nearly 70 days, to free them from detention without trial.

But in its decision, released by the justice ministry, the court said security authorities should consider freeing them for medical reasons.

Administrative detainees Bilal Diab, 27, from Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, 33, from Hebron — are in a precarious condition after refusing food since Feb. 29, a doctor from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said this week.

On April 17, Palestinian prisoners day, over 1,000 prisoners joined a group of hunger-strikers protesting detention without charge. Around 2,000 are now taking part in the strike, prisoners rights groups estimate.

Prisoners are also protesting restrictive visiting rights and limited access to educational materials.

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on Israel to “immediately charge or release people jailed without charge or trial under so-called administrative detention.”

Ma’an staff contributed to this repor



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