[Pnews] Palestinian prisoner enters 62nd day of hunger strike in Israel prison

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Mon Jul 5 12:47:49 EDT 2021

prisoner enters 62nd day of hunger strike in Israel prison
July 5, 2021

Hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Al-Ghadanfar Abu Atwan has entered the
62nd day of his strike in protest of being held on administrative detention
by the occupation. He announced yesterday that he will now abstain from
drinking water.

Twenty-eight-year-old Abu Atwan
began his strike on 5 May and has refused all forms of food or supplements

Highlighting his case, the Arab League warned Israel of "dangerous
repercussions" of violating the very basic rights of prisoners.

In a statement, the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Palestinian
and Occupied Arab Territories Sector at the Arab League, Dr Saeed Abu Ali,
denounced the Israeli occupation for constantly disregarding "the right to
life and humanitarian legal standards" for incarcerated Palestinian

He called on international and regional organisations to pressure Israel to
release and save the lives of hunger-striking detainees, Abu Atwan and Eyad
Harbiyat, before it is too late.

*READ: Palestinians call for Israel to release hunger strikers

Eyad Harbiyat has been held in the occupation's prisoners since 2002 and
suffers from a severe neurological disorder. According to *Wafa* news
agency, he recently underwent an operation in an Israeli hospital to have a
tumour removed from his chest.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), about 95 per cent of
Palestinian prisoners in Israel experience ill-treatment or torture during
their detention and interrogation.

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
<https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170605-remembering-the-naksa/>, 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.
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