148 Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails

Number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails increases in protest of maltreatment and repressive conditions

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Palestinians chain themselves in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike at Israeli jails, while holding a rally in the Jebaliya refugee camp, the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, May 9, 2014.

The number of Palestinians who joined the open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails has reached 148 prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PCC) said on Sunday.

The prisoners, including those who have not been charged with any crimes, have launched a hunger strike to protest against maltreatment and repressive conditions imposed by Israeli authorities.

“120 Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Nafha Prison [who were recently transferred from Ramon Prison] announced an open hunger strike on Thursday to demand that they be returned to the prison blocs in which they were previously held,” Qadora Faris, head of the PCC told Anadolu Agency.

“And within the last 24 hours, another 28 inmates in Israel’s Rimon and Ishel prisons joined the hunger strike,” he added.

According to the PCC, 28 prisoners joined the hunger strike on Saturday.

Of those held in the Israeli Rimon jail, 26 are affiliated with various groups including Fatah, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Islamic Jihad.

120 prisoners in the Israeli Nafha jail are affiliated with Fatah faction and have been on a hunger strike consecutively since Thursday.

To be noted, Palestinian prisoner and lawyer, Mohammed Allan (30), has been on a hunger strike for 54 consecutive days in protest of his “administrative detention” without charge or trial.

The Israeli prison administration said on Friday that it would begin to impose  “force-feed” after obtaining a court ruling.

The Israeli parliament, officially known as the Knesset, approved a legislation on July 30, which enables the authorities to “force-feed” Palestinian detainees and convicts.

The Israeli Intelligence can detain the Palestinians from one to six months under what is known as “administrative detention,” for alleged confidential security purposes.

If the detainee is regarded as posing danger to the security of Israel, a military judge can extend the detention to five years without any charges.

Palestinian authorities claim that there have been approximately 6,500 Palestinian detainees, including 466 in “administrative detention,” in Israeli prisons.

Since 1967, 206 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons. Of these, 71 from torture, 54 of medical incompetence, 74 intentionally upon arrest and seven were killed as a result of being shot by soldiers directly. Shortly after the release of dozens which were arrested, they lost their lives due to illnesses that were caused by the prison conditions.

To this day, approximately 850,000 Palestinians, including women and children, were arrested by the Israeli forces.

TRTWorld and agencies