In Solidarity With Rayyan And Awawda, 75 Detainees To Launch Hunger Strike

At least seventy-five Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel have decided to launch an open-ended hunger strike in solitary with two hunger-striking Administrative Detainees imprisoned by Israel without charges or trial.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee spokesperson, said the detainees will start the hunger strike this Sunday and will likely be gradually joined later by many other detainees.

Abed-Rabbo said the hunger strike would be in solitary with Raed Rayyan, 28, from Beit Duqqu, west of occupied Jerusalem, who started the strike 108 days earlier, and Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

It is worth mentioning that Rayyan was abducted on November 3rd, 2021, and was slapped with a four-month Administrative Detention order before he was slapped with a six-month Administrative Detention order.

He is also a former political prisoner who spent 21 months under the same Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

Awawda held a hunger strike that lasted for 111 days and only ended it after reaching a verbal agreement for his release before Israel reneged on the agreement and slapped him with a new four-month Administrative Detention order prompting him to relaunch the strike.

Awawda, currently at the Assaf Harofeh Israeli Medical Center, was abducted on December 27th, 2021, and has since been held under the repeatedly renewed Administrative Detention orders.

Israel is holding captive 640 Palestinians under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial; they are among at least 4600 detainees imprisoned by Israel.

It is worth mentioning that Administrative Detainees in Israeli prisons continue to boycott the Israeli military courts for the 189th day, demanding to be released or at least face charges.

Israel issued more than 54.000 Administrative Detention orders since it occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.

When Israel slaps a detainee with an Administrative Detention order and continuously renews the orders for many months, it claims to have “secret files” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can access.

Administrative Detention orders are usually renewed for three, four, six, or eight months at a time, and sometimes one year.

(Source / 23.07.2022)

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