After 53 days, Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails ends his hunger strike

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs said that Palestinian prisoner Rayek Bisharat broke his hunger strike yesterday after 53 days, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him after 3 months.

The Commission said that 44-year-old Bisharat ended his hunger strike after 53 days yesterday, following an agreement reached with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him on January 20, 2022.

Bisharat is from Tammoun town in Tubas in the occupied West Bank, and he is a father of 3 children.

Israeli occupation authorities arrested Bisharat on July 23, 2020 and he was held in administrative detention without a charge or trial.

Bisharat was arrested before by the Israeli occupation authorities in 2003 and was released in 2011 after serving 7 years and 9 months.

There are another 5 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their hunger strike:

•Kayed Fasfous (91 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (67 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (84 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (58 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (50 days of hunger strike)

Around 44 Palestinian detainees started hunger strike since the start of 2021, in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.

Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.

‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.

Thus, the hunger strike is a method of a non-violent resistance which the prisoners use to protect their lives and their fundamental rights and a response to the occupation racist policies which they face in the prisons.

There are 4,650 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, among the prisoners are 520 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, 200 child prisoners and 39 female prisoners.

(Source / 14.10.2021)

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