An appeal to release Palestinian detainee Kayed al-Fasfous, who has been on hunger strike for 81 days in protest of his unfair incarceration without charge or trial, was denied today by an Israeli court in Ofer, west of Ramallah.
According to the Palestinian Authority’s Detainees Affairs Commission, al-Fasfous’ health has deteriorated significantly as a result of his hunger strike, and his legal team plans to challenge his detention order to the Israeli High Court.
Al-Fasfous is one of six Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike for several weeks in protest of their continued detention without accusation or trial. Meqdad Qawasmeh (on a 74-day hunger strike), Alaa Al-Araj (65 days), Hesham Abu Hawwash (48 days), Shadi Abu Akr (40 days), and Hasan Shawka are the other five captives (14 days).
Administrative detention, a widely denounced Israeli policy, allows Palestinians to be held without accusation or trial for renewable periods of three to six months, based on concealed information that even a detainee’s lawyer is denied access to.
Currently, Israel holds around 500 Palestinians in administrative detention, which is illegal under international law. The majority of those held in administrative detention are previous prisoners who spent years in prison for resisting the Israeli occupation.
Thousands of Palestinians have been held in administrative detention by Israel for extended periods of time without being tried, without being informed of the charges against them, and without being allowed to examine the evidence.
Palestinian inmates have gone on indefinite hunger strikes to protest their illegal administrative detention and seek an end to this policy, which is illegal under international law.
(Source / 03.10.2021)