Amid fears of death, Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails enters 116th day of hunger strike

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Hisham Abu Hawash, has been on hunger strike for 116 days in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial since October 2020.

Jawad Boulus, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said the 41-year-old Abu Hawash was transferred on Thursday to an Israeli hospital due to severe deterioration of his health.

The lawyer added the Israeli court of appeal in Ofer, again, delayed deciding the case of Abu Hawash.

He said the Israeli court of appeal is still waiting for a medical report from the Israeli Prison Service, which has been asked to provide it two weeks ago.

Consequently, the court delayed its decision for the third time until obtaining a medical report on Abu Hawash’s health.

Hisham Abu Hawash, from Dora in occupied Hebron, was arrested on October 27, 2020, and held under administrative detention.

His detention order was renewed three times for no reasons.

He has been on hunger strike since August 17, 2021 in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

He was confined alone in a locked room in an Israel Prison Service infirmary. In addition to losing considerable weight, he has been having difficulty speaking and communicating, according to the PPS.

He has also had trouble drinking water and has felt palpitations with every movement, and he is at risk of sudden death.

Abu Hawash had in the past been sentenced to four and a half years in Israeli prison, before he became a father to five children. He was also placed under administrative detention in 2008 and 2012.

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.

(Source / 10.12.2021)

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