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Administrative detainees in Israeli prisons to start a hunger strike

By Alicia Ramos Perez - June 07, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Hunger Strike] [Administrative detention]

Approximately 370 Palestinians held in Israeli administrative detention are expected to start a hunger strike, adding to the ongoing boycott towards Israeli courts. 

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association predict the strike to start by the end of the month.
“The details of exactly when are not confirmed yet, because organising the hunger strike under these conditions is difficult,” Addameer Advocacy Coordinator Dawoud Yusef told Palestine Monitor. He then added, “It will probably be after Eid, after Ramadan.”
The administrative detainees are being held in two Israeli prison facilities – Negev Prison and the military base between Jenin and Haifa – and a third one at Ofer Military Base south of Ramallah.
Communication between these facilities to coordinate the hunger strike is very complicated.
“They started splitting [the detainees] up ... to make communication a little more difficult. At the moment, the representative committee of the administrative detainees is in the process of organising this [the hunger strike],” Yusef said.
According to Ma’an News Agency, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, stated on May 31 that the hunger strike was an effort to widely condemn the administrative detention, allowing confinement of Palestinians without charge or trial.
The detainees are calling for all Palestinian people to support the scheduled hunger strike.
According to Addameer figures, from the months of January to March 2018, arrests and detentions were perpetrated on a large scale by Israeli occupation forces, including approximately 450 administrative detainees.
Qaraqe added that he anticipates Israeli authorities to “exercise unprecedented repression and isolate detainees” during the hunger strike as they did in the previous strike in April 2017.
The upcoming event is anticipated to mimic the 2017 hunger strike “Freedom and Dignity” where hundreds of Palestinians in administrative detention launched a strike for an extensive period demanding human rights and basic needs.
The strike called to end arbitrary detention, torture, unfair trials, the detention of children, solitary confinement, medical negligence and denial of basic human rights such as right to education and family visits.  
Administrative detention is the procedure by which Israeli occupation forces hold prisoners indefinitely under secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.
The detention has no time limit; every six months it can be renewed and this can happen indefinitely.
The evidences by which they are detained are not disclosed.  As reported by B’Tselem, Israeli occupation can arrest Palestinians by alleging that the person has plans to commit a future offense.
The measures Israeli authorities employ leave the Palestinian detainees completely helpless. Administrative detainees must endure severe restrictions.
Administrative detention is illegal and prohibited under international law. Israeli occupation utilises these measures as a collective punishment which is strictly forbidden under Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions 1949 and is a war crime.

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