[Pnews] 11 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against administrative detention, call for solidarity and action

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Tue Jul 2 10:55:22 EDT 2019


  11 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against administrative
  detention, call for solidarity and action

2 July 2019

Three more Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike on 1 July 
2019, joining eight already refusing meals in protest. Mohammed Nidal 
Abu Aker 
and Mohammed Attia Hassanat, both of Dheisheh refugee camp near 
Bethlehem, and Huzaifa Halabiya from Abu Dis in Jerusalem all began an 
open hunger strike against their Israeli administrative detention, 
imprisonment without charge or trial. All three are held in the Negev 
desert prison with no charges and no trial, on the basis of secret evidence.

They join several more Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger 
strike against administrative detention. Jafar Ezzedine 
48, a former long-term hunger striker, and Ihsan Othman, 21, have been 
on hunger strike since 16 June and 18 June. Ezzedine launched his strike 
after he was supposed to be released from a five-month sentence in 
Israeli prison but was instead transferred to imprisonment 
without charge or trial; Othman launched his strike two days later. A 
student at Al-Quds University, his repeated detention has prevented him 
from graduating and receiving his degree.

Six more Palestinian prisoners, all jailed without charge or trial under 
administrative detention, joined the hunger strike: the brother Mahmoud 
and Qaid al-Fasfous, Ghandafar Musa Abu Atwan, Abdel-Aziz Waleed Sweiti, 
Qais Khaled al-Nammoura and Ahmad Zahran. These six prisoners are all 
from the al-Khalil (Hebron) area and are detained in Ofer prison. 
Ezzedine is jailed in Megiddo prison 
<http://maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=988260>, where he has faced ongoing 
night inspections with dogs and other forms of repression in an attempt 
to compel him to end his strike.  A disciplinary court in Megiddo prison 
convened by the prison director <http://asravoice.ps/post/12290/> 
ordered him to solitary confinement and denied him access to family 
visits or the “canteen” (prison store) for one month in retaliation for 
his protest.

All of the striking prisoners are demanding an end to administrative 
detention. These orders are issued for one to six months at a time; they 
are indefinitely renewable, and Palestinians have spent years at a time 
jailed without charge or trial under the basis of “secret evidence.” 
There are currently about 500 Palestinians jailed without charge or 
trial under administrative detention out of a total of approximately 
5,500 Palestinian prisoners.

The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission said that some of the striking 
prisoners <http://maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=988349> are already 
suffering from health complications, including severe weakness, 
difficulty moving, serious headaches, dizziness and yellowness of the skin.

The escalating struggle against administrative detention comes as all 47 
Palestinian prisoners held in Ashkelon prison 
<https://www.wattan.tv/ar/news/285833.html> were suddenly transferred to 
other prisons. Last month, these prisoners conducted a one-day hunger 
to demand an end to the repressive raids and attacks against the 
prisoners, the lifting of financial sanctions and treatment for ill 
prisoners. They ended their strike after an agreement to implement their 
demands; however, in a new form of collective punishment aimed at 
dismantling the prisoners’ movement, all were transferred on 1 July to 
other Israeli prisons.

The Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 
issued a statement urging support for the prisoners and calling for 
action <http://hadfnews.ps/post/56781/>, noting that its comrades 
Mohammed Abu Aker, Mustafa Hassanat, Huzaifa Halabiya and Ahmad Zahran 
had already taken a leading role in the strikes to confront 
administrative detention. They said that additional prisoners would be 
joining the strike in the coming days as part of a strategy of 
escalating struggle for an end to imprisonment without charge or trial, 
and urged actions in solidarity:

“1. We call for the formation of a committee to support the 
administrative detainees through public events and struggle on the ground.

2. We call on the National Committee for the Great March of Return to 
adopt a Friday to support the administrative detainees on hunger strike, 
and for this Friday to be a Palestinian day of action throughout 
occupied Palestine and in exile and diaspora.

3. We call on the prisoners, especially those who have successfully 
conducted the battle of empty stomachs and have been victorious in the 
past years, to make an announcement of a support strike in solidarity 
with the administrative detainees on hunger strike, in front of the 
headquarters of the Red Cross as a unified action with a specific date.

4. We call on Palestinian national organizations to take action, erect 
tents in public spaces and call for days of public anger and protest of 
the occupation.

5. We call on the Palestinian lawyers’ associations to launch a broader 
campaign of support and solidarity with the administrative detainees and 
especially the hunger strikers at a local, regional and international 
level, giving this issue significant attention.

6. We call on the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate to work to create a 
unified day for radio broadcasts in support of the administrative 
detainees on hunger strike and highlighting the issue of administrative 

They concluded by noting that “This battle will continue, and many of 
the strugglers will participate in successive groups of strikers, until 
achieving the goal. We are confident in the popular support that is 
always provided by our resisting Palestinian masses.”

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all to stand 
with these courageous prisoners who have put their lives on the line to 
seek freedom and an end to the unjust system of administrative 
detention. International solidarity can help them win their struggles, 
so all of our participation, protests, petitions and phone calls can 
play a role in helping them to seize victory for justice and freedom.*

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