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Palestinian prisoners remain on hunger-strike against detention without charge

Two Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails have been on hunger strike for four days and 22 days respectively in protest of their unfair detention without charge or trial, today said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Sa’ed Abu Ebeid, 41, a resident of Jenin city in the occupied West Bank, was detained by the Israeli occupation army on November 30, 2020, and was sentenced to four and a half months in prison.

He was supposed to be released at the end of his prison sentence, but was surprised by an Israeli court order placing him in administrative detention starting from the day of his expected release, pushing him to start a hunger strike four days ago.

He is a former prisoner in Israeli jails, and has served a total of 12 years in intermittent detention sentences for resisting the Israeli occupation of his homeland.

In the meantime, Palestinian administrative detainee Emad Ibrahim Sawarkeh, from the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, is also on his 22nd day of hunger strike against detention without charge or trial.

Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.