More Palestine prisoners to join hunger strike

Gazans stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 October 2021 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Gazans stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 October 2021

More Palestinian prisoners will join the hunger strike in Israeli jails should the Israel Prison Service (IPS) not meet their demands and lift its sanctions, Quds Press reported on Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), Quds Press said that the “resistance programme” for the prisoners inside Israeli jails “is escalating”.

The statement read: “If the IPS does not meet the demands of the hunger strikers and lift its sanctions imposed on the prisoners affiliated with the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, prisoners from other groups will join the hunger strike.”

On Wednesday, the PPS announced that 250 prisoners from the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine started a hunger strike protesting against Israeli punitive measures and sanctions imposed, following the escape of six Palestinian prisoners from Israeli Gilboa prison on 6 September.

Meanwhile, the PPS reported that prisoners Mohammad Al-Amoudi and Hosni Issa escalated their hunger strike and stopped drinking water. As a result, their health conditions deteriorated and they were admitted to the prison clinic.

The PPS announced that the hunger strike is supported by all prisoners inside Israeli jails and all Palestinian factions, who insist that the IPS must stop punitive measures against prisoners.

READ: Hospitalised Palestinian prisoner enters 86th day of hunger strike

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Hospitalised Palestinian prisoner enters 87th day of hunger strike

Yesterday, Friday, marks the 87th day of Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh’s hunger strike, protesting against his continued administrative detention—being held without charge or trial.

Last week, the International Red Cross expressed concern for Miqdad and another prisoner, Kayed Nammoura’s well-being, saying that there were concerns “about potentially irreversible consequences of such prolonged hunger strikes to their health and life.”

Miqdad is a 24-year-old resident of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron and recently decided to escalate his hunger strike by refusing to take any supplements or fluids.

Read More: Seven Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails

He was arrested by the Israeli army in January, and then sentenced to six months in administrative detention. His administrative detention was renewed for a second time in June, without him or his lawyers being informed of what charges were being held against him.

Due to the deterioration in his health, he has been admitted to the Kaplan Medical Centre, which is in the Israeli prison where he is being detained.

Read More: Six Palestinian prisoners remain on hunger strike against administrative detention

Israeli authorities had not placed the Palestinian prisoner under guard due to his weakened condition, reported The Times of Israel. 

Meanwhile, six other Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strikes for several weeks, protesting against their administrative detention.

According to the Palestinian Prison Club, the hunger striking prisoners are Kayed Al-Fasfous, who has been on hunger strike for 90 days; Alaa Al-Araj, 64 days on strike; Hisham Abu Hawwash, spent 57 days without food; Rayeq Bsharat, on hunger strike for 52 days; Shadi Abu Akar, whose strike has now entered its 48th day and Hassan Shouka, on strike for 23 days.

Israel’s use of administrative detention—imprisonment without charge or trial—against Palestinians “violates international conventions and other international standards for the right to a fair trial,” PPS said, adding that administrative detainees are routinely denied family visits and other rights that should be granted to them under the law.

Since Israel began its military occupation in 1967, it has imprisoned almost 800,000 Palestinians. Around 4,500 are being held at the moment, more than 350 of whom are held as administrative detainees.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Seven prisoners continue their hunger strike in hazardous health conditions

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Seven prisoners continue their open hunger strike in the prisons of the Israeli occupation, refusing their administrative detention, the oldest of whom is Kayed Fasfos, who has been on strike for 94 days.

The prisoners on strike, besides Fasfos, are Miqdad al-Qawasma for 87 days, Alaa al-Araj for 70 days, Hisham Abu Hawash for 61 days, Shadi Abu Aker, who is on strike for 53 days, Ayyad Al Harimi for 24 days, and Khalil Abu Aram, a striker for the seventh day in a row. 

Read More: Seven administrative detainees continue hunger strike in Israeli jails

The media advisor to the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority, Hassan Abd Rabbo, warned of the seriousness of their health conditions, pointing out that the danger to them is increasing day by day. 

“There is a fear that they may suffer a sudden health setback and cause harm to their brain or nervous system, especially as a result of a lack of The amount of fluid in the body,” He added.

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Israeli occupation issued a decision to freeze the administrative detention order given against the Fasfos prisoner, who faces a dangerous health condition inside the Israeli “Barzilai” hospital.

In a statement, the commission explained that the decision to freeze does not mean its cancellation, but rather it disclaims the responsibility of the occupation prisons administration and the “Shin Bet” intelligence for the fate and life of the Fasfos prisoner and transferring him to an “unofficial prisoner” in the hospital. He remains under the guard of “hospital security” instead of guarding the warders. 

According to the hospital rules, family members and relatives can visit him as any patient, but they cannot transport him anywhere.

In another context, 250 prisoners of Islamic Jihad continue to go on hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day to confront the harsh measures the occupation prison administration took against them.

Abed Rabbo said that the prisoners are continuing their strike. The coming days will witness the joining of new batches of prisoners from different factions if the prison administration does not respond to their demands.

He explained that the two prisoners, Muhammad Al-Amoudi and Hosni Issa, escalated their strike in Raymond prison by refraining from drinking water, which led to the deterioration of their health, and they were transferred to the prison clinic.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli prison administration, since the sixth of last September – after six prisoners managed to wrest their freedom from Gilboa prison before being re-arrested, has begun to impose a number of harsh measures and double-tightening policies on the prisoners, targeting, in particular, the prisoners of Islamic Jihad from During their transfer, isolation, and detention in cells that do not meet the minimum conditions for human life, except for the transfer of a group of leaders to interrogation.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Health minister: 11 deaths, 580 new cases of COVID-19 in Palestine

Coronavirus

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian minister of health Mai al-Kaila announced on Friday that 11 deaths, 580 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded during the past 24 hours.

The minister said in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that 7 deaths were recorded in the Gaza Strip while 4 deaths were recorded in the West Bank, adding that 1,540 recovery cases were recorded in the same period.

She pointed out that there are 64 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units while 134 others are treated in the West Bank’s COVID-19 sections in various hospitals including 11 who have been placed on ventilators.

The recovery rate of the coronavirus reached 96 percent while the rate of active infections reached 3 percent and the death rate was 1 percent of all infections, Kaila said.

Regarding the vaccination campaign, the total number of people who received the corona vaccine in the West Bank and Gaza Strip reached 2,369,197 including 1,712,010 in the West Bank and 657,187 in the Gaza Strip, the minister concluded.

(Source / 15.10.2021)  

Fasfous continues hunger strike for third month

Despite freezing his administrative detention

Kayed Fasfous

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) froze the administrative detention of Palestinian hunger striker Kayed al-Fasfous but he refused to end his strike until ending his detention and releasing him immediately.

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees said on Thursday that Fasfous has been on hunger strike for 92 days and is currently held in the Israeli Barzilai hospital.

The family said that Israeli soldiers guarding the detainee left his room after the IOA decision.

For his part, Fasfous said in a press release that he will not end his strike until ending his detention immediately and setting him free.

Six Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are on hunger strike demanding an end to their administrative detention while a seventh joined them five days ago in support of their demands.

(Source / 15.10.2021)

After 92-Day Of Hunger Strike, Israel Freezes Administrative Detention Order Against Al-Fasfous

The Israeli High Court issued a ruling, Thursday, freezing the Administrative Detention order against Kayed al-Fasfous, 31, after 92 days of hunger strike, without actually voiding the order, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has reported.

The Committee stated that al-Fasfous is at the Barzilai Israeli medical center in a very critical condition, and added that freezing his Administrative Detention order does not mean canceling it, but is an Israeli maneuver by the Internal Security changing al-Fasfous’s status from a political prisoner to an “unofficial prisoner” who is also hospitalized and his room becomes guarded by hospital security instead of Israeli soldiers.

His family can visit with him as a patient in the Israeli hospital but are not allowed to transfer him to any other hospital, take him home, or to any other place, which means that he is still being detained, but not in prison.

The Committee said the detainee has not yet ended his strike despite his deteriorating health condition, including low blood pressure and sugar levels, constant dizziness, fatigue, sharp pain in the chest, abdomen, and legs, and continues to refuse to take any medications or vitamins and rejects to undergo any medical checkups, demanding to be released, especially since he is not facing any charges.

It added that its lawyers filed various appeals with Israeli courts since he started the hunger strike, but Israeli authorities continue to refuse to void the Administrative Detention orders.

It is worth mentioning that al-Fasfous, 31, from Doura town, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was abducted by the army on October 15, 2020. He is a married father of one child and is a former pollical prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned several times before.

Besides Kayed, six other detainees are also ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, and three other detainees who began a hunger strike three days ago, in solidarity with the seven detainees.

  1. Kayed al-Fasfous, started the strike 92 days ago.
  2. Miqdad al-Qawasma, started the strike 85 days ago.
  3. Ala’ al-A’raj, started the strike 68 days ago.
  4. Hisham Abu Hawwash, started the strike 58 days ago.
  5. Rayeq Bisharat, started the strike 53 days ago.
  6. Shadi Abu Aker, started the strike 51 days ago.
  7. Ayyad al-Hreimi, started the strike 22 days ago.
  8. Khalil Abu Arram, started the strike 4 days ago.
  9. Rateb Harbiyyat, started the strike 4 days ago.
  10. Akram Abu Bakr, started the strike 4 days ago.

(Source / 14.10.2021)

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)

Detainee Kayed Al-Fasfous Continues Hunger Strike He Started Three Months Ago

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that a Palestinian detainee, Kayed al-Fasfous, 32, is ongoing with the hunger strike he started 90 days ago, protesting his continued arbitrary Administrative Detention in Israeli prisons without charges or trial.

The PPS stated that al-Fasfous, from Doura town, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is determined to continue his hunger strike despite his deteriorating health condition, especially since Israeli courts are constantly denying appeals to end his imprisonment, although he is not facing any charges.

Al-Fasfous is also a former political prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned by the Israeli army several times before, including when he was taken prisoner in July 2020 and remained held since then under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

The Israeli authorities are repeatedly transferring him to the hospital, then to solitary confinement in prison, an issue that is causing more exhaustion and fatigue.

Al-Fasfous, who also held a hunger strike for 12 days in the year 2019, is a married father of one daughter and has three brothers, who are all imprisoned by Israel. The three imprisoned brothers are Akram, Mahmoud, and Hafeth,

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and works at the local Town Council in Doura.

Besides Kayed, six other detainees are also ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, and three other detainees who began a hunger strike three days ago, in solidarity with the seven detainees.

  1. Kayed al-Fasfous, started the strike 90 days ago.
  2. Miqdad al-Qawasma, started the strike 83 days ago.
  3. Ala’ al-A’raj, started the strike 66 days ago.
  4. Hisham Abu Hawwash, started the strike 57 days ago.
  5. Rayeq Bisharat, started the strike 52 days ago.
  6. Shadi Abu Aker, started the strike 49 days ago.
  7. Ayyad al-Hreimi, started the strike 20 days ago.
  8. Khalil Abu Arram, started the strike 3 days ago.
  9. Rateb Harbiyyat, started the strike 3 days ago.
  10. Akram Abu Bakr, started the strike 3 days ago.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Boulus: “Hunger Striking Detainees Face Life-Threatening Conditions”

On Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that attorney Jawad Boulus managed to visit with three of the six hunger-striking detainees, and stated that they are facing serious life-threatening conditions.

Boulus said that one of the detainees, Miqdad al-Qawasma, who started the hunger strike 82 days ago, is facing serious difficulties just to be able to speak, and added that his medical condition is extremely serious.

He added that the Israeli authorities are still refusing to end his arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, holding him captive without charges or trial.

Boulus also visited with Hisham Abu Hawwash, who started the hunger strike 56 days ago, and Shadi Abu Aker, who began the strike 48 days ago, and are both held at the Ramla prison clinic that lacks basic supplies, and physicians.

After visiting with Abu Hawwash, Abu Aker, and al-Qawasma, Boulus said the detainees were brought to see him on wheelchairs as they are unable to stand, and added that they have constant pain, fatigue, dizziness, and serious weight loss in addition to frequent vomiting, and are facing serious difficulties just to be able to sleep.

He added that a hearing was held, Monday, and the Israeli court decided to delay the deliberations until October 19th. The Israeli prosecution is demanding imposing six-month Administrative Detention orders without charges.

Boulos also said that he tried to visit with Ala’ al-A’raj, who started the strike 65 days ago, but he found out that the detainee was moved to an Israeli hospital that is supposed to submit a report about his condition to the Israeli court which will be looking into an appeal against his continued arbitrary detention.

It is worth mentioning that six detainees are ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders; one of them, Kayed al-Fasfous, started the strike 89 days ago.

Furthermore, another detainee, identified as Khalil Abu Arram, has declared a hunger strike, Sunday, while many other detainees intend to join the strike in solidarity with the hunger-striking detainees.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

6 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails starve for freedom

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been starving for freedom as they continue their open hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial.

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

The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 90 days, and he lost over 30 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body.

Fasfous is currently held at Barzilai Hospital, and his family has expressed serious concern over their son’s health

Fasfous is followed by Miqdad Qawasmi, who has been on a hunger strike for 83 days.

Qawasmi’s health condition has been deteriorating severely as he lost over 20 kilograms of his weight, and he is held now in the Kaplan Medical Center as a patient, rather than as a detainee.

Qawasmi’s family said that he has started losing a part of his memory.

Israel’s High Court has frozen Qawasmi’s administrative detention on Wednesday. The court’s order does not release Qawasmi from administrative detention – it simply freezes the order for the period of his treatment and observation, as his health condition has been deteriorating severely.

The court’s decision also means that the administration of prisons and the Intelligence device are not responsible for his life, and turning him into an unofficial prisoner held at the hospital, under the guardianship of the hospital’s security instead of the jailors.

But Qawasmi said he will continue his strike until he gains freedom.

The 6 hunger-striking prisoners are:
•Kayed Fasfous (90 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (66 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (83 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (57 days of hunger strike)
•Rayek Bisharat (52 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (49 days of hunger strike)

Around 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 / 12.10.2021)