[Pnews] Currently 17 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in the “Battle of Breaking the Chains.”

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September 28, 2015

*There are currently 17 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in 
Israeli jails in the “Battle of Breaking the Chains 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/09/urgent-call-for-action-join-the-battle-of-breaking-the-chains/>.” 
The hunger strike is demanding an end to the practice of administrative 
detention. Administrative detention is the process by which Israel 
imprisons Palestinians without charge or trial for indefinitely 
renewable periods; there are hundreds of Palestinians held under 
administrative detention. No reason is revealed for their imprisonment; 
instead, a “secret file” produced by Israeli military intelligence 
serves as a pretext for their continued detention*.

The first five hunger strikers: Nidal Abu Aker, Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi 
Ma’ali, Munir Abu Sharar and Badr al-Ruzza - all held without charge 
under administrative detention - began refusing their meals on 20 
August. They were soon joined by Bilal al-Saifi and Suleiman Skafi. In 
late September, another ten Palestinian prisoners joined the strike.

One hundred more prisoners - mostly administrative detainees - have 
pledged to join the strike on 10 October; 250 Palestinian prisoners in 
Israeli jails have been returning their meals three times a week in 
unity with the strikers’ demands. Dozens of Palestinian administrative 
detainees are boycotting the military court sessions - sessions which 
simply “rubber-stamp” detention orders from the Israeli military.

The hunger strikers have been refusing food and vitamins since 20 
August; they have lost massive amounts of weight, suffer constant 
headaches and body pains. Some are unable to walk. However, they have 
not been moved to hospitals - instead, they are being held in isolation 
cells in solitary confinement, as a means of isolating them from their 
fellow Palestinian prisoners and attempting to coerce them to end the 
strike.

In their isolation cells, they have been denied cold water and access to 
fresh air. All of their personal belongings, including books and papers, 
have been confiscated, and they have been denied blankets and pillows. 
Several of the strikers have been denied legal visits; and they have 
been transferred repeatedly - and abusively - from prison to prison, 
isolation cell to isolation cell, in a metal vehicle, shackled to a 
metal chair, known as the “bosta” - a lengthy, stressful and harmful 
procedure.

*As the prisoners reach 40 days on hunger strike, an urgent call has 
been issued 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/09/urgent-call-for-action-join-the-battle-of-breaking-the-chains/> 
for support and international actions to build solidarity for the hunger 
strikers, protect their lives and demand their freedom.*
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