Administrative detainees start open-ended hunger strike

[ PIC 10/06/2013 – 01:28 PM ]

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GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian prisoner center for studies said that the Palestinian administrative prisoners started on Monday an indefinite hunger strike in protest at the Israeli policy of administrative detention.

The center stated that the administrative detainees in Israeli jails decided after long deliberations to go on hunger strike collectively to protest their detention without guilt or specific charges.

The center noted that the hunger strike would start with four prisoners and expand to include the other administrative detainees who number about 200 prisoners, most of them are in Negev jail.

The four prisoners who started the hunger strike today are Basel Dweikat, Samir Bahis, Anas Jawdallah and Mu’ayad Sharab.

Administrative detention is a procedure that is used by the Israeli army to hold prisoners indefinitely on alleged secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

Israel inherited administrative detention from the time of the British mandate in Palestine and has used it ever since. The measure is viewed by human rights organizations as a violation of international law.

In another context, director of Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies Fouad Al-Khuffash warned the Palestinian officials, the media workers and human rights activists of falling into the trap of using the term “pre-Oslo prisoners,” which is mostly used by the Palestinian authority during its negotiaions with Israel.

Khuffash affirmed this term divided the cause of the Palestinian prisoners very badly because the Oslo agreement did not address this issue or the file of the veteran detainees who number about 80 Palestinians.

He added that the focus on the pre-Oslo prisoners by the media and the PA officials undermines the issue of the Palestinian prisoners, calling on the PA to make the ceiling of its demands involve the release of all prisoners.

He underlined that the PA ignores about 500 prisoners who were sentenced to life during the two intifadas (uprisings) and after the signing of the Oslo agreement.



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