Two Palestinian Prisoners Embark on a Hunger Strike

Two Palestinian prisoners declared on Thursday that they would embark on an open hunger strike, in protest of their imprisonment by Israel, within an administrative detention.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners Society issued a statement in the afternoon, explaining that the two prisoners, identified as Fadi Ghonaimat and Oday Shehada, have been embarking on a hunger strike for the past several days.

The statement further noted that the hunger strike comes in protest of the two prisoners’ administrative detention, without trials, imposed by Israeli authorities.

Oday Shehada is a resident of the Palestinian refugee camp of Aldehaisha, an outskirt of the West Bank city of Bethlehem and Ghonaimat is a resident of the Soreef village, an outskirt of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

No further details were stated.

Noteworthy, Israel-imposed administrative detention remains controversial, legally, and has been a practice by Israel for decades, now. By means of this detention, Israel puts many Palestinians in custody, without trials, for a period of six months.  In some cases, the six-month detention has been reportedly,  renewed continuously.

Over the past five decades, Palestinian prisoners-launched hunger strikes, have been frequently reported, with some of such strikes, having achieved some goals, mainly an Israeli ease of the restrictions, imposed on prisoners.

Israel continues to jail Palestinians, within Israeli crackdown on Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and some other Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Currently, Israel holds 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in about 20 concentration camps and prisons, in both Israel and the West Bank.

Few hundreds of those prisoners are from the Gaza Strip, from which Israel disengaged unilaterally, back in 2005, but enforced a land, sea and air siege on the coastal territory, two years after the disengagement.

(Source / 02.07.2020)

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