[Pnews] Victory for Ghadanfar Abu Atwan after 65 days of hunger strike - towards victory for Palestine!

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Thu Jul 8 12:58:08 EDT 2021

for Ghadanfar Abu Atwan after 65 days of hunger strike - towards victory
for Palestine!July 8, 2021

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Ghadanfar Abu
Atwan on his victory over Israeli imprisonment after 65 days of hunger
strike. Abu Atwan’s sister, Benazeer, and his lawyer, Jawad Boulos,
confirmed that he will be released later today
8 July, and the administrative detention order against him cancelled. His
steadfastness and commitment to struggle, like that of his fellow
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, inspire all those around the world
who support the Palestinian people and their just cause of return and

His family has confirmed that he will not end his strike until he is with
his family and outside Israeli prisons and detention.

Abu Atwan, 28, from Dura near al-Khalil,, launched his hunger strike after
the administrative detention order against him was renewed, demanding his
freedom. He was seized by occupation forces in October 2020 and ordered to
six months in administrative detention; his detention was then renewed for
another six months, sparking him to launch his open hunger strike for

Administrative detention
first introduced to Palestine by British colonialism. These orders may be
issued for one to six months at a time, and they are indefinitely
renewable. As a result, Palestinians routinely are jailed for years at a
time with no charge and no trial. Neither they nor their loved ones know
when they will be released, and administrative detention serves as a form
of psychological torture. The detained Palestinians and their lawyers are
barred from seeing the “secret file” used to justify their imprisonment.

The use of administrative detention, already routinely used to arbitrarily
detain Palestinians, has been escalating rapidly, with over 200 detention
orders issued since the beginning of May 2021. There are currently over 500
Palestinians jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network sends its warmest
congratulations to Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, his family, the Palestinian people
and all friends of Palestine and forces of justice in the world on this
occasion, many of whom organized, protested, launched solidarity hunger
strikes, called their representatives and signed petitions to demand his
release. His victory must inspire us all to continue the struggle to
liberate all Palestinian political prisoners and to liberate Palestine,
from the river to the sea.*
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