Six Palestinian Detainees Remain on Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails


Six Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails remain on open-ended hunger strike for varying periods in protest of the Israeli occupation violations against them.

The six hunger striker detainees were identified as Ataf Jaradat, Fatima Shaheen, Omar Al-Sanajel, Ismail Halabiya, Iyad Radwan, and Samer Abu Diak according to a statement published on Tuesday by the Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affair.

The Prisoners’ Commission said that the Palestinian female detainees Jaradat and Shaheen remain on an open-ended hunger strike for the 11th day in a row in protest of Israel’s decision to transfer them to the criminal prisoners’ section in the Israeli jail of Ramla.

The Palestinian detainees Iyad Radwan and Samer Abu Diak start their open-ended hunger strike to stand in solidarity with the two female detainees Jaradat and Shaheen, Commission added.

Furthermore, the Palestinian detainee Omar Al-Sanajel has been on an open hunger strike for 21st days while Palestinian detainee Ismail Halabiya has been on hunger strike for 15th days in protest of their administrative detention without a charge or trial.

The Israeli occupation has escalated its administrative detention policy against Palestinians as the number of administrative detainees currently exceeded 760, including minors, women, and the elderly, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Commission. 

The Commission added that 80 percent of the administrative detainees are former prisoners who spent years in the prisons most were administrative detentions.

Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention is a pre-emptive measure that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for lengthy periods of time based on disclosed allegations that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Palestinian detainees have constantly resorted to hunger strikes as a method to oppose their administrative detention, demanding an end to this illegal policy that violates international law and Human rights accords. 

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