Former hunger striker released from prison

Upon his release Zawahra went straight to his brother’s grave-site before going home with his family

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released Palestinian prisoner and former hunger striker Ghassan Zawahra on Monday, his family told Ma’an.Zawahra was released to his family in Aida refugee camp, near the northern entrance of Bethlehem city in the southern occupied West Bank after being held for 18 months under administrative detention, an Israeli policy that allows detainees to be held without charge or trial for renewable six month periods, indefinitely.

Zawahra went on a hunger strike on Aug. 20, along with seven other prisoners, to protest his administrative detention. More than a month lateron Sept. 29, Israeli authorities announced that Zawahra and one other fellow hunger striker would not have their administrative detention renewed and Zawahra agreed to end his strike.

On Oct. 13, Israeli forces shot and killed Zawahra’s younger brother, Mutaz, during clashes near their home. Upon his release Zawahra went straight to his brother’s grave-site before going home with his family.Zawahra had previously served a total of 12 years in Israeli prison.The controversial policy of administrative detention, or internment without charge or trial, has been highly criticized by international bodies.There are currently at least 450 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention, according to documentation by prisoners’ rights group Addameer.According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the majority of prisoners who go on hunger strike are Palestinians in administrative detention.

(Source / 30.11.2015)

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