[Pnews] Palestinian Prisoner Enters 40th Day of Hunger Strike

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Tue Apr 27 10:59:28 EDT 2021

Prisoner Enters 40th Day of Hunger Strike
April 27, 2021
Palestinian administrative prisoner Imad Sawarka. (Photo: via Social Media)

Palestinian prisoner Imad Sawarka has entered the 40th day of his hunger
strike in protest of his continued administrative detention by Israel in
Ashkelon prison, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club announced yesterday.

“Sawarka’s health has been deteriorating,” the club warned in a statement,
adding that the occupation authorities were continuing their “obstinacy and
refusal to respond to his demands of standing trial.”

The statement pointed out that the prison administration had prevented
Sawarka’s attorney from visiting him. The lawyer had said the reasons given
were “flimsy pretenses.”

Sawarka is a 37-year-old father from the occupied West Bank city of Jericho.

“In addition to Sawarka, 33-year-old Musab Al-Hor from Hebron, and the
43-year-old journalist, Alaa Al-Rimawi from Ramallah, have been on hunger
strike for the same reason,” the humanitarian organization noted.

It added that Al-Hor had been on strike for 14 days in an Israeli prison in
the Negev, noting that Al-Rimawi had been refusing to eat for six days in
the Ofer Detention Centre.

“The three prisoners are former detainees who had spent years in Israeli
detention, most of which under administrative detention,” the statement

A total of 440 Palestinian prisoners have been languishing in Israeli
prisons under administrative detention, including two children, three
females, and elderly prisoners, according to the club’s official data.

“Since January 2021, the Israeli intelligence has issued more than 280
administrative detention orders,” the club added.

Administrative detention is a form of detention without charge or trial.
Its use may result in arbitrary detention and if prolonged or repeated can
amount to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment, Amnesty
International has previously warned. It has no time limit, and the evidence
on which it is based is not disclosed.

*(MEMO, PC, Social Media)*

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