British MP expresses solidarity with 6-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

London (QNN)- Former UK Labour MP for Leicester East has expressed solidarity with six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against their unfair administrative detention without a charge or a trial.

Claudia Webbe, who is now an independent MP for Leicester East, tweeted in support of the six-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, saying she “stand in solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to protest their imprisonment without charges or trial.”

The British MP used in her tweet a hashtag that reads: “#FreeThemAll” referring to all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and another hashtag in Arabic that reads: “The Battle of Empty Stomachs,” referring to the battle which the hunger-striking prisoners are in with their empty stomachs as they starve to gain freedom.

Claudia Webbe MP

I stand in solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to protest their imprisonment without charges or trial. #معركة_الامعاء_الخاوية #FreeThemAll

Despite of health deterioration, six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their open-ended hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial.

The six hunger-striking prisoners’ health condition has been deteriorating severely, as they have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, and deficiency of fluids in the body.

One of them has partial loss of memory and Bacteremia, another has loss of sight and problems in his nervous system, and the other might die any moment.

The 6 hunger-striking prisoners are:
•Kayed Fasfous (110 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (85 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (103 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (76 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (40 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (69 days of hunger strike)

There have been many callings from Palestinian and pro-Palestine advocates and groups to the international community and human rights organizations to intervene and save the six prisoners as they might die any moment.

On Friday, the families of the six Palestinian prisoners sent a letter to the US Congress members and human rights organizations, calling them to save their sons’ lives who might die any moment amid severe health deterioration.

The families said they have turned their appeal to the US Congress and concerned human rights groups as the Biden’s administration and the international community have placed their concern and focus on Israel’s latest settlement expansion and decision to label six Palestinian human rights NGOs as “terror groups.”

The families said the Israeli occupation government is taking advantage of the above-mentioned situation “to impose a blackout of information” on their sons.

Over 40 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 / 01.11.2021)

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