Israeli Circles Expect More Hunger-Strike Challenges after Abu Hawash Victory

January 8, 2022

The Zionist circles expected that the Palestinian prisoners may resort to the hunger-strike policy in order to follow the victorious path of the released prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash.

The Zionist media reflected the enemy’s frustration about the success of Abu Hawash and the Palestinian resistance in imposing the release decision on the occupation court.

The Zionist occupation court decided  on Tuesday the release of Abu Hawash, who concluded a 141-day hunger strike. It is worth noting that the Israeli court had suspended his administrative detention on December 26, 2021, without releasing him, which was rejected by Abu Hawash.

The Israeli circles considered that Abu Hawash has become a symbol of steadfastness for the Palestinians, adding that the Palestinian resistance, which threatened to fire missiles at the occupied territories if he dies, managed to impose its conditions on Tel Aviv.

The Zionist media considered that the ongoing tensions pertaining the prisoners may enhance a prisoner swap deal between ‘Israel’ and the Palestinian resistance.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Israeli Media: Agreement Reached to End Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike after 141 Days

January 4, 2022

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash. (Photo: via Social Media)

An agreement was reportedly reached Tuesday afternoon to end Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash’s hunger strike after 141 days, after negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials with Egyptian mediation, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Abu Hawwash has completed his 141 days of hunger strike in an Israeli prison in protest of imprisonment without trial, known as ‘administrative detention’. 

According to the terms of the agreement, Abu Hawwash “is expected to remain in the Israeli hospital he is currently kept in for medical follow-up until February 26, after which he will be released to his home,” Haaretz reported, adding that the administrative detention order against him will not be renewed.

Abu Hawwash, a 40-year-old resident of the town of Dura, near Hebron, in the Southern-occupied West Bank, is a father of five children. He was arrested by Israel on October 27, 2020, and has been held under administrative detention ever since.

Several human rights groups, along with the European Union, had expressed concern about Abu Hawwash’s deteriorating health conditions. 

On Monday, US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said in a tweet that she held the Israeli government responsible for the safety and health of the Palestinian hunger striker, also calling on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to demand an end to Israel’s administrative detention policies against Palestinians.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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Palestinian prisoner Abu Hawash seizes his freedom

4 Jan 2022

The prisoner Abu Hawash defeats the occupation in the battle of the empty intestines

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Al Mayadeen correspondent reports that hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash has seized his freedom from the Israeli occupation.

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Abu Hawash wins his freedom
Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is finally free

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is expected to end his hunger strike in the coming hours, Al Mayadeen correspondent reported.

“Abu Hawash’s decision to end his hunger strike comes after reaching an agreement that stipulates that he would be freed on February 26,” our correspondent added.

Al-Khalil, West Bank, is seeing several celebrations over Abu Hawash’s victory in the battle of empty stomachs.

Abu Hawash’s freedom marks another milestone in the battle of empty stomachs, which saw six Palestinian prisoners gaining their freedom from the Israeli occupation after the latter administratively detained them.

This comes after the Palestinian resistance factions warned the Israeli occupation of repercussions if anything happens to Abu Hawash.

“Any harm done to the life of prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash would constitute an offensive action and aggression against our people, and the resistance will remain the shield and sword defending our prisoners,” the factions said Tuesday.

Senior leaders from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad held talks to discuss the latest developments on the case of hunger-striking prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash on Monday.

The sources said an escalation would take place if Hisham Abu Hawash loses his life.

The 141st day

The Palestinian Prisoners Media Office announced on Tuesday that Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash would continue his hunger strike for the 141st consecutive day, despite his dangerously critical health condition.

On Monday, the European Union expressed its concern regarding Abu Hawash’s critical health condition, calling on “Israel” to end the policy of administrative detention.

Hisham’s brother, Imad, had said he stopped taking saline, which poses a serious threat to his intestines and could cause them to rot.

His family voiced grave concern over his life, saying the battle for his freedom became one of breaking his will to stop individual hunger-strikes, “Even if it is at the expense of Hisham’s life.”

Imad Hawash said his brother’s lawyer, Jawad Boulos, conveyed a very worrying image about Hisham, saying he was not moving, could barely hear those talking to him, and was barely able to say a few words.

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Prisoner Abu Hawash is struggling for life: Waed association

2 Jan 2022

Net Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen

Waed Association for Palestinian Prisoners says that “the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is facing great difficulty in discharging urine, while his water body percentage has decreased to a third due to the continuation of his coma.

Waed Association: The percentage of water in the body of the prisoner Abu Hawash has decreased to a third

Waed Association for Palestinian Prisoners says that “the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is facing great difficulty in discharging urine, while his water body percentage has decreased to a third due to the continuation of his coma.

The association added that these dangerous indications implicate that the prisoner Abu Hawash is closer to losing his life than ever before.

Waed Association explained that “doctors affiliated with the Prisons Authority beat the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, while he was being transferred from the Ramleh prison clinic to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital.”

For his part, Imad Abu Hawash, the brother of the prisoner Hisham, said to Al Mayadeen, said that “Hisham is in a full coma since 4 hours.”

He added that “Hisham could be martyred at any moment,” and added that “‘Israel’ is trying to gain time to harm Hisham.”

The prisoner’s brother demanded that “a medical committee be sent to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, to look into Hisham’s health condition,” and demanded international protection for him inside the Israeli hospital.

Dozens of Palestinians staged a protest in downtown Ramallah to demand the release of Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash who fell into an intermittent coma as his health condition deteriorates.

Abu Hawash, from Dura, occupied Al-Khalil, has been on hunger strike for 139 days in protest of his administrative detention which allows the indefinite imprisonment of Palestinians without trial or charge.

Yesterday, the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced that the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is facing death in the Israeli “Asaf Harofeh” hospital, after his health deteriorated, noting that “since the dawn of this Saturday, he has been awakened with great difficulty.”
 
Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash faces the threat of sudden death, Palestinian Prisoners Club lawyer Jawad Boulos said Saturday.

Exclusive: Instructions to respond in case of Abu Hawash’s martyrdom مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

Jan 1 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Private sources divulged to Al Mayadeen that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.”

Al Mayadeen: Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert.

Private sources told Al Mayadeen that instructions to increase the readiness to respond in the event of the martyrdom of Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash who fell into a coma.

The same sources added that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank”, emphasizing that “‘Israel’ bears full responsibility.” 

“Mediators have expressed their dissatisfaction with ‘Israel’s’ intransigence,” sources reported.

Al Mayadeen sources confirmed that “Islamic Jihad leadership exhausted all the legal means of political persuasion available to save the life of Abu Hawash.”

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission warned today that the health condition of the hunger-striking prisoner is deteriorating rapidly and has reached a very critical and dangerous stage.

مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

المصدر: الميادين نت

مصادر خاصة للميادين تؤكد أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة وأخلت جميع مواقعها، للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير هشام أبو هواش”.

مصادر للميادين: الوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي

قالت مصادر خاصة للميادين، إنّ “تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش الذي دخل في غيبوبة”.

وذكرت المصادر أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة، وأنّها أخلت جميع مواقعها وتستعد للساعات المقبلة”، مؤكدةً  أنّ “إسرائيل تتحمل المسؤولية والوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي”.

وأكدت مصادر الميادين، أن “قيادة الجهاد الإسلامي استنفدت كل الوسائل السياسية بهدف حماية وإنقاذ الأسير أبو هواش”.

وفي وقت سابق اليوم، أعلن نادي الأسير الفلسطيني أنّ “الأسير هشام أبو هواش يواجه الموت في مستشفى  “أساف هروفيه” الإسرائيلي بعد تدهور حالته الصحية”، مشيراً إلى أنه “منذ فجر هذا اليوم يتم إيقاظه بصعوبة كبيرة”.

وقال النادي إنّ “الاحتلال يواصل جريمته، مع استمراره في تعنته ورفضه الاستجابة لمطلبه والمتمثل بإنهاء اعتقاله الإداري التعسفيّ. 

بدوره، وجّه الناطق الإعلامي باسم حركة الجهاد الإسلامي، داوود شهاب، نداءً للأحرار للنزول إلى نقاط الاشتباك مع العدو، وذلك “حمايةً لكرامة الفلسطينيين وكرامة الأسير أبو هواش”. 

Al-Nakhala: If Abu Hawash loses life, PIJ to deem it assassination

December 30 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net

Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine warns that if prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is martyred, the movement will deal with the matter in accordance with its commitment to respond to any assassination.

Al-Nakhala stressed that if Abu Hawash is martyred, the PIJ will consider the matter an assassination by “Israel”.

The Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement (PIJ), Ziyad Al-Nakhala, warned that the movement will consider prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash‘s possible martyrdom an assassination carried out by the Israeli occupation with premeditation.

In a statement, Al-Nakhala stressed that if Abu Hawash is martyred, the PIJ will deal with the matter in accordance with its commitment to respond to any assassination.

Al Mayadeen sources revealed Thursday that there are Egyptian and international efforts pressuring “Israel” to end the arrest of Abu Hawash, noting that the Resistance notified Egyptians about a possible escalation in case Abu Hawash loses his life.

For his part, Moaz Abu Sharkh, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners Information Office, told Al Mayadeen that Abu Hawash’s life is in grave danger, noting that the prisoner has lost the ability to hear and speak.

Very critical stage

Earlier, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission warned that the health condition of the hunger-striking prisoner, Hisham Abu Hawash, is deteriorating rapidly and has reached a very critical and dangerous stage.

The media spokesperson for the Commission, Hassan Abd Rabbo, announced that Abu Hawash is still being held at the Ramla Prison Clinic and that his life is in danger due to a shortage in fluid and salt in his body, knowing that his weight went down to 40 kilograms and his internal organs are shutting down.

Who is Abu Hawash

Abu Hawash, 39, from Dura, Al-Khalil, has been detained since October 2020. He is also a former prisoner who spent a total of 8 years in occupation prisons.

The prisoner has previously received two administrative detention orders for a period of 6 months and is currently in an extremely critical health condition. 

Israeli court confirms prisoner Abu-Hawash’s administrative detention order

December 13, 2021

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net

The Palestinian freedom fighter and hunger striker is facing a new inhumane Israeli decision.

Israeli court confirms prisoner Abu-Hawash’s administrative detention order

The head of the Palestinian Prisoners Media Office, Riyad al-Ashkar, announced that the occupation court rejected Sunday evening the appeal regarding the case of the prisoner Hisham Abu-Hawash, who has been on hunger strike for 118 days.

Al-Ashqar said, “The Israeli court this evening confirmed the administrative detention order for the prisoner Abu-Hawash, for a period of four months, despite the seriousness of his health condition due to the hunger strike for 118 consecutive days.”

He added that “the rejection of the appeal is a punitive decision against the prisoner Abu-Hawash because of his four months-long hunger strike.”

Prisoner Abu-Hawash, 40, was arrested on the 27th of October last year, and three administrative detention orders were issued against him, each for a period of six months, with the last order reduced from six months to four, subject to extension.

Abu-Hawash declared a hunger strike against administrative detention after the latest administrative detention order was renewed despite suffering severe aches all over his body, physical weakness, constant vomiting, weight loss, in addition to moving on a wheelchair.

Five other Palestinian detainees ended their hunger strike after an agreement with the Israeli Prisons Administration not to extend the administrative detention order against them and to release them as soon as the detention order expired.

Hisham Abu-Hawash’s quest for freedom began in 2003 as the Israeli occupation repeatedly arrested him, with the total amount of years he spent in prison amounting to eight, including 52 months under administrative detention.

The Palestinian freedom fighter, from Dura, al-Khalil, has been in Ramla Prison clinic and has been detained since October 2020.

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Palestinian Prisoner Released after Months of Hunger Strike

December 6, 2021

By Staff, Agencies

“Israeli” authorities have freed a prominent Palestinian prisoner, two weeks after reaching a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike, a prisoner rights group has said.

Kayed Fasfous, 32, had remained in an “Israeli” hospital since ending his strike on November 23.

He was the symbolic figurehead of six hunger strikers protesting the “Israeli” entity’s controversial policy of “administrative detention”, which allows suspects to be held indefinitely without charge.

The entity has said the policy is necessary to keep dangerous suspects locked away without disclosing sensitive information that could expose valuable sources.

Palestinians and rights groups said the practice denies the right of due process, allowing the entity to hold prisoners for months or even years without seeing the evidence against them. The law is rarely applied to “Israelis”.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a group representing former and current prisoners, confirmed Fasfous had returned home to the occupied West Bank through a military checkpoint near the southern city of al-Khalil on Sunday afternoon.

Later, online footage showed the former prisoner in a wheelchair celebrating his return to his southern hometown of Dura.

Fasfous served five years in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, and lost about 45kg [99 pounds] of weight during his hunger strike, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported.

The plight of the six hunger strikers ignited solidarity demonstrations across the “Israeli”-occupied West Bank and Gaza in November mounting pressure on the “Israeli” entity to release the detainees.

At least four of the five other hunger strikers have since ended their protests after reaching similar deals with “Israeli” authorities. They are expected to be released in the coming months.

Hunger strikes have been common among Palestinian prisoners and have helped secure numerous concessions from “Israeli” authorities.

The nature of these strikes have varied from individuals protesting detention without charge to groups calling for improved cell conditions. Around 500 of the 4,600 Palestinians detained by the “Israeli” entity are held in “administrative detention” according to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner rights group.

Palestinian Prisoner Kayed Fasfous Released after 131 Days of Hunger Strike (VIDEO)

December 5, 2021

Palestinian prisoner Kayed Fasfous was released from Israeli prisons. (Photo: via WAFA)

Palestinian political prisoner Kayed Fasfous was released on Sunday after he concluded 131 days of hunger strike last month, in protest of his detention without charge or trial, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

On November 23, Fasfous ended his hunger strike after an agreement was reached to end his administrative detention in Israel and release him this month.

Fasfous was freed at an Israeli checkpoint to the south of Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the occupied West Bank and was welcomed by Palestinian political and security officials as well as representatives of factions, according to WAFA.

He has served a total of five years in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, and reportedly lost about 45 kg of weight during his hunger strike.

There are over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, about 500 of whom are serving administrative detention orders, without charge or trial.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Prisoner Al-Qawasmi Seizes Freedom and Ends Hunger Strike

Nov 12, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Palestinian Prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmi ends his hunger strike after a reached agreement to release him next February according to the Prisoners Information Office.

Israel: Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike after 113 days | Middle  East Eye
Al-Qawasmi won a decisive victory and ended his hunger strike that lasted 113 days

The Palestinian Prisoners Information Office announced that prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmi won a decisive victory on Thursday and ended his hunger strike that lasted 113 days.

After long and difficult rounds of negotiations waged by the supreme leadership body of Hamas prisoners, an agreement was reached to release al-Qawasmi next February, the Office stated.

For his part, Nahed al-Fakhoury, director of the Prisoners’ Information Office stated that the head of the higher leadership committee for Hamas prisoners and the body’s foreign affairs official met al-Qawasmi and followed up on his health condition.

This comes at a time where 5 prisoners are continuing their open hunger strike in the Israeli occupation prisons, in protest of their administrative detention.

Palestinian factions celebrate the victory

On Twitter, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem expressed that al-Qawasmi “scored a victory against the zionist jailer in the battle of determination and defiance.”

He added that, once again, the prisoner proves the ability of the Palestinian to confront the occupier by all means, and reveals the inability of the occupation to stop the Palestinians’ struggle to gain their freedom.

يسجل الأسير مقداد القواسمي نصرا على السجان الصهيوني في معركة الإرادة والتحدي بعد الوصول لاتفاق بتحديد اطلاق سراحه في فبراير المقبل.

يثبت الأسير مقداد القواسمي من جديد قدرة الفلسطيني على مصارعة المحتل بكل الأدوات ، ويكشف مجددًا عجز الاحتلال عن إيقاف مسيرة نضال شعبنا لانتزاع حريته— حازم قاسم (@hazemaq) November 11, 2021

For its part, the Palestinian Mujahideen Movement blessed al-Qawasmi’s victory in the 113-day battle, which he fought with his empty stomach against the occupation.

The movement affirmed that al-Qawasmi’s victory proves the Palestinian prisoner’s will and determination against the occupier’s weakness.

It also stressed that the resistance will work hard to fulfill its promise of liberating other brave prisoners who are still on hunger strike.

The risk of a violent escalation in the occupied territories, as a result of one or more prisoners dying in Israeli custody, is growing every day.

Nov 7, 2021


“Administrative detention, in the way that the Israelis practice it, is fundamentally a violation of the Geneva conventions,” says Samidoun’s International Coordinator, Charlotte Kates, when asked to comment on the legality of the detention of six long-term hunger-striking Palestinian political prisoners, two of which could die at any moment.

On October 22, experts at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) urged “Israel” to release five Palestinian hunger strikers over fears that there could be a rapid deterioration in their health at any moment. Despite this, Israeli authorities have continued to ignore these concerns. Now that there is another hunger striker to add to the original list, the risk of a violent escalation in the occupied territories, as a result of one or more prisoners dying in Israeli custody, is growing every day.

The six Palestinian prisoners currently on long-term hunger strike are: Kayed al-Fasfous, Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh, Alaa Al-Araj, Hisham Abu Hawash, Ayyad Al-Herimi and Louay Al-Ashqar. The mother of Miqdad Qawasmi, who spoke with Arab48 news, says that her son “has constant pain in the abdomen, his joints, and bones, and cannot see, in addition to arrhythmia, migraine and many other conditions,” adding that she lives in fear of him dying in the coming days. Kayed al-Fasfous, who has been on hunger strike for the longest period out of the group, abstaining from food for 118 days, also risks “clinical death” at any moment, according to his loved ones.

To get greater insight I traveled to Madrid, interviewing Charlotte Kates, the current International Coordinator for Samidoun, a leading Palestinian political prisoner advocacy group, who urged international mobilization to expand upon current social media and protest campaigns. Samidoun helped organize a protest which was set for the launch of a new Palestinian political movement ‘Masar al-Badil’ and in solidarity with the six political prisoners on hunger strike.

Firstly, I asked her to explain further what is happening to the political prisoners, she started by stating: “All of them are being held without charge or trial under administrative detention,” going on to explain that “administrative detention was first introduced to Palestine by the British colonial mandate and then adopted by the Zionist regime and is routinely used to imprison Palestinians on the basis of so-called secret evidence, with no charge, no trial and no opportunity to meaningfully contest on their imprisonment.”

“Because of that, these prisoners are putting their bodies and their lives on the line…Kayed al-Fasfous and Miqdad al-Qawasma have both been on hunger strike for over 100 days, they are held in the hospital, they have become emaciated, but they are refusing to stop because they know that this is a method of struggle, a method of resistance to obtain their freedom”.

Asked what Samidoun is currently doing to support the hunger strikers in administrative detention (held without a charge), Kates said: “We are working to organise with many other groups around the world, to protest, to put pressure on Western governments which are responsible for diplomatic, military and financial support for the Israeli occupation and to hold these governments accountable for their crimes against Palestinian prisoners, including the hunger strikers, the administrative detainees and all 4,650 Palestinians jailed by the Israeli occupation.” 

I asked Charlotte Kates about the latest reports, coming out of the Israeli military prisons, that Samidoun had received, she answered: “In the past weeks and months, there has been a large escalation, not only in repression, but also in Palestinian resistance and the story of the 6 prisoners, who escaped from Gilboa prison, inspired Palestinians in and around the world and also internationals who were concerned for social justice, to take action and to mobilize in support of these prisoners.”

“What we have seen in response is a retaliation, and a criminal form of retaliation against the Palestinian prisoners has been this repression targeting every right they have obtained, which has only come through hunger strikes and other forms of collective struggle.”

As Samidoun provides legal help to Palestinian political prisoners, How does Charlotte Kates view administrative detention?

“Well, administrative detention, in the way that the Israelis practice it, is fundamentally a violation of the Geneva conventions. Israel will claim that an occupier has the right to detain people under the law, but the reality is that they use administrative detention on a systematic and constant basis. There are currently 500 Palestinians being held in administrative detention, there are around 100 orders issued every month, many of these are renewed repeatedly on the basis of so-called security reasons that are never revealed. Palestinians spend years at a time in administrative detention, so rather than being rare and time limited administrative detention is a systematic form of colonial oppression that happens on a very frequent basis and which is extended without any cause, or any allegation being presented.”

She added that: “It should be noted that these so-called allegations are illegitimate, because the entire system is based on the criminalization of legitimate Palestinian resistance, but in these cases even within the military court system, which convicts over 99% of Palestinians, Israel doesn’t think it can make a case, which just shows that with blatant disregard to fair trial standards, like it signed the International covenant on civil and political rights, not to mention the Geneva conventions, administrative detention is a violation of international law.”

In mid-October the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Party, a political and armed group based in the Gaza Strip, organized a mass hunger strike which included around 400 prisoners belonging to the group. “Israel” quickly struck a deal to end this mass hunger strike, which threatened to draw in other political parties to organize their members to do the same. Yet, despite “Israel” having de-escalated tensions through striking a deal, which secured more basic rights for Palestinian prisoners, PIJ and Hamas, Gaza’s ruling Party, have both threatened retaliation in the event that any hunger striking prisoner is to die in Israeli custody. If this is to occur, a sudden armed escalation between “Israel” and the Gaza Strip could easily come as a result of it.

Palestinian Hunger Strikes Resist New Israeli Govt’s Continuation of Old Govt’s Brutality

November 05th, 2021

Palestinians are stepped on by the heavy boots of a regime that, while it may seem new, is in fact as brutal, cruel and racist as any Zionist government ever was.

By Miko Peled

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JERUSALEM — Israel’s most unlikely prime minister, Naftali Bennett — who won only six seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, or Knesset, and yet became PM — just returned to Jerusalem after attending the Glasgow Climate Conference. Photos of him with world leaders, demonstrating his popularity overseas, and his success in passing the budget — the first budget the Knesset had managed to pass since 2018 — are cementing Bennett’s chances of remaining in power even though his government holds a very narrow majority.

Passing a budget is always a Herculean task but this time it was an even more difficult one. The Knesset passed the 2021 state budget into law by a 61-59 vote at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, giving Israel a new budget for the first time since March of 2018. This means that another round of elections is not likely to take place any time soon.

All that is left now is the ongoing competition between the coalition government and the opposition block over who is more right-wing. It is a competition between the current government — headed by Bennett, a former head of the Settlers movement — and the opposition, headed by Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

But neither the success of this government nor the image of a younger, fresher prime minister should be confused with any real substantive change. Palestine is being destroyed; Palestinians are stepped on by the heavy boots of a regime that, while it may seem new, is in fact as brutal, cruel and racist as any Zionist government ever was.

Hunger strikes

In a heroic act of self sacrifice, Kayed al-Fasfous, a 32-year-old from the village of Dura near Hebron, has abstained from food for close to 115 days. Miqdad al-Qawasmi, a 24-year-old from Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for 105 days. The list of hunger strikers goes on with Alaa al-Araj, 87 days; Hisham Abu Hawash, 78 days; Shadi Abu-Aker, 71 days; and Ayad al-Harimi, 42 days without food. Louay al-Ashqar and Ratib Hreibat have been on a hunger strike in solidarity with other prisoners for 24 and 26 days respectively.

As a point of reference, an article in Live Science magazine states:

After more than a month of fasting, or when more than 18 percent of body weight is lost, severe and permanent medical complications can occur. It can become very difficult to swallow water; hearing and vision loss can occur; breathing can become labored and organ failure can start to set in. Beyond 45 days, death is a very real risk, due to cardiovascular collapse or severe infection.

Furthermore, according to this article, “Even after a hunger strike ends, refeeding has some real risks, since the metabolic changes that occur during severe fasting can be profound.”

The book “Ten Men Dead” — by the former Guardian correspondent to Ireland, the late David Beresford (1947-2016) — is a powerful work that reveals what an enormous act of self-sacrifice it is to commit to a hunger strike. I received a copy of the book while on a visit to Belfast from a former IRA volunteer, and I must admit that the book had a profound impact on me. Having read it, one can never underestimate the pain, the suffering and the terrible effects of a protracted hunger strike.

The book illustrates the struggle of 10 Irish political prisoners against the brutality of the British authorities and the enormous violence perpetrated by the British government. It tells the story of the 10 men, and includes every detail of their lives before and during the strike. It is not an easy read by any means but it is rightfully described as “a harrowing and thought provoking read about comradeship, selflessness and courage and devotion to one’s cause and principles.”  Today, this book is relevant to the struggle of Palestinian prisoners.

It was in April of 2013 that I had the privilege of visiting Belfast and my hosts were kind enough to take me to Milltown Cemetery to visit the graves of Bobby Sands and the other IRA Volunteers who died as a result of the hunger strike. At that time in Palestine, Samer Issawi had been on what was considered the longest hunger strike in history. As we stood by the graves I was asked to read Issawi’s ‘Hunger Speech’ to Israelis.

“The defeated will not remain defeated and the victor will not remain a victor,” Issawi wrote, addressing Israelis who consistently vote for governments that are determined to kill his people and destroy his country. His words are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them, nearly a decade ago.

At the gravesite of IRA Volunteers, Belfast.

Destruction and desecration

In order to give legitimacy to their claim to Palestine, the the State of Israel and the Zionist organizations that support it have been engaged in a campaign of destruction of any proof that Palestinian history exists. To that end, they have perpetuated the biblical myth, selling it as history, and they have been destroying priceless historical monuments and burial sites that do not suit their narrow interests.

Besides destroying cities, towns and neighborhoods that have enormous historical value, the State of Israel has also been destroying and allowing to fall into disrepair ancient Palestinian monuments and cemeteries. Muslim cemeteries have been destroyed, desecrating the hallowed grounds that hold proof of the glorious history of a people and a country.

The latest in a long series of cemeteries in Jerusalem that have been subjected to desecration by the Israeli authorities is the Martyrs’ section of the al-Yusufiyah Muslim Cemetery. A shocking video of a Palestinian mother clinging to the grave of her son, as the authorities try to pull her away so that they can destroy the cemetery, has surfaced. The mother swears she will die before she allows them to destroy her son’s grave.

The reason for the destruction around the Old City of Jerusalem is the execution of a  plan to build a biblical-themed park in an area that includes the al-Yusufiya Cemetery. Al-Yusufiya, known as the Martyrs’ Cemetery, lies adjacent to one of the historic walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and, like Ma’amila Cemetery and other historic non-Jewish sites, it needs to go so that Israel can continue with its efforts to legitimize what is inherently an illegitimate occupation.

The lack of real Palestinian representation in capitals around the world means that Palestine has all but disappeared from the public discourse. This allows Israel to continue unhindered with its atrocities towards Palestine and its people.

Protesters carry posters with pictures of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails that read “freedom for prisoners who are on hunger strike,” during a rally supporting Palestinian prisoners, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

7 Palestinian Prisoners Continue Their Hunger Strike

October 31, 2021

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Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen

7 prisoners continue their open-ended hunger strike in the Israeli occupation prisons.

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7 Palestinian prisoners are in critical health conditions

The Palestinian Prisoners Club confirmed that the Israeli occupation intelligence continues to act intransigently, refusing to respond to the demands of the striking prisoners, despite the aggravating risks threatening their lives.

In a previous interview for Al Mayadeen, the Palestinian Prisoners Club Chief of Media, Amani Sarahena, had confirmed that Prisoner Kayed al-Fasfous and the other prisoners are suffering from critical health conditions.

A few days ago, the occupation renewed the administrative detention of a number of these prisoners, in a move described by human rights advocates as provocative.

For his part, Khaled, brother of Prisoner Kayed al-Fasfous, told Al Mayadeen earlier that Kayed’s condition was deteriorating continuously, and he is suffering from amnesia, noting that this is but a clear decision by the Israeli occupation to assassinate him. 

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The Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are: Kayed al-Fasfous (109 days), Miqdad al-Qawasmi (102 days), Alaa al-Araj (84 days), Hisham Abu-Hawash (76 days), Shadi Abu-Aker (68 days), Ayad Hraimi (39 days), and Louay al-Ashqar (21 days).

In solidarity with the 7 prisoners, Ratib Hraibat has been on a hunger strike for 23 days in Megiddo Prison.

Al-Fasfous and Al-Qawasmi’s Depleted Health Could Result in Their Martyrdom

28.10.21

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

The Muhjat al-Quds Foundation warns of the deteriorating health conditions of the prisoners on hunger strike and calls for Palestinians’ support.

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Miqdad al-Qawasmi

The spokesperson for the Muhjat al-Quds Foundation, Tamer Al-Za’anin, stated that the detrimental health conditions of the hunger-striking prisoners, especially Kayed Al-Fasfous and Miqdad al-Qawasmi, might result in their martyrdom “in the upcoming hours.”

Al-Za’anin added that the striking prisoners are in need of constant support from Palestinians, leadership, and resistance factions to put real pressure on the occupation government.

He stressed that the renewal of the administrative detention of a hunger-striking prisoner, who is in extreme danger, is a kind of “Nazism” practiced by the occupation against these Palestinian heroes.

Prisoner Kayed Al-Fasfous has been on hunger strike for 106 days and Miqdad al-Qawasmi for 99.

The spokesperson pointed out that the foundation has submitted several letters to the International Committee of the Red Cross to protest its silence on the Israeli occupation crimes against the striking prisoners.

He also noted that the silence of international organizations encouraged the occupation government and its Prisons Authority to proceed with its punitive and arbitrary measures against prisoners, especially the ones on hunger strike.

Six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons have entered a critical health situation as they persevere in their hunger strike, protesting their administrative detention.

In addition, several Palestinian parties called on protestors to head to Kaplan Hospital on Thursday in support of the hunger-strikers.

In the same context, the city of al-Nasra witnessed a solidarity event with the prisoners on hunger strike.

Released Palestinian prisoner Mothanna al-Qawasmi, brother of Miqdad al-Qawasmi, said on Wednesday that his brother’s health is in critical condition and he is “on the verge of martyrdom”.

Islamic Jihad Detainees Emerge Victorious in Battle of “Empty Stomachs”

22.10.2021

Islamic Jihad Detainees Emerge Victorious in Battle of “Empty Stomachs”

By Staff

In yet another victory scored by the Palestinian ‘Islamic Jihad’ detainees, the resistance movement’s Leadership Committee announced that its detainees have suspended their hunger strike, declaring victory against the ‘Israeli’ occupation prisons administration.

A statement made by Islamic Jihad spokesman Tarek Izzeddine mentioned that “in a rapid development, the committee decided to suspend the strike, declaring to our people the victory of our resistance fighters in the battle of empty stomachs.”

He, however, made clear that details of the deal will be announced later.

“The victory of the detainees in their hunger strike against the occupation’s prisons administration is a victory of the entire Palestinian people and a turning point in the confrontation with the jailer to achieve the demands, adding that breaking the pride of the occupation at the hands of the Islamic Jihad has been certain.

The committee also explained that the decision to suspend the open hunger strike was made after the ‘Israeli’ prisons’ administration has submitted to most of the Islamic Jihad detainees’ demands, atop of which was to stop the brutal campaign against them, return the isolated ones, and improve the conditions of the female detainees.

Additionally, the committee thanked the Palestinian people and the free people of the world who supported this movement to preserve the organizational identity and the heritage of the Palestinian martyrs.

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Abu Mujahid: Wafaa Al-Ahrar Deal a Complete Shift for Palestinian Resistance

Oct 18, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

The Director of the media office of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees Muhammad Al-Buraim (Abu Mujahid), says that liberating prisoners will remain a priority.

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Abu Mujahid: Wafaa Al-Ahrar deal will remain engraved in the memory of the Palestinian people

The Director of the Media Office of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees Muhammad Al-Buraim (Abu Mujahid) stated on Monday, that the “Wafa Al-Ahrar” deal is considered a complete shift in the history of the Palestinian resistance, and proved that the will and determination of the Palestinian resistance are stronger than Zionist tyranny.

Abu Mujahid emphasized that the Wafaa Al-Ahrar deal remains engraved in the memory of our Palestinian people symbolizing a crucial victory over the Zionist enemy.

In October 2011, after an Israeli soldier was kidnapped and held captive for over five years, more than 1,400 Palestinian prisoners were released from occupation prisons.

Abu Mujahid saluted the heroic prisoners in the occupation prisons, led by the prisoners who are engaging in hunger strikes, and those who executed the Freedom Tunnel escape from Gilboa Prison.

The comments of Abu Mujahid come during a time where over 400 Islamic Jihad prisoners are continuing their open hunger strike in the Israeli occupation prisons, refusing their administrative detentions. Among the prisoners are Kayed Al-Fasfous, who has been on a hunger strike for 95 days, and Miqdad Al-Qawasmi, on a hunger strike for 88 days and suffering major health complications.

On Sunday, the Islamic Jihad’s media official Daoud Shehab disclosed to Al Mayadeen that the Israeli Prison Authority has gradually begun to retreat from its position as a result of direct negotiations with the leadership of the movement.

It is noteworthy that the occupation had tightened its measures within prisons, after the Gilboa prison break. 

Palestinian Prisoners Continue Hunger Strike, Boycott ‘Israeli’ Courts

September 29, 2021

Palestinian Prisoners Continue Hunger Strike, Boycott ‘Israeli’ Courts

By Staff, Agencies

A number of Palestinian prisoners languishing in Zionist occupation jails have been on hunger strike for months to protest their arbitrary incarceration under inhumane conditions and to demand freedom.

Imprisoned under the so-called policy of “administrative detention,” at least seven Palestinian prisoners are registering their protest against their ill-treatment and repressive ‘Israeli’ policies in illegal detention through hunger strikes and boycotting military court hearings.

Kayed Fasfous has been on hunger strike for 76 days, Mikdad Qawasme for 69 days, followed by Hisham Abu Hawwash for 43 days, Rayeq Bisharat for 38 days, Shadi Abu Aker for 35 days, and Hasan Shoukeh for 9 days, according to prisoners’ advocacy groups.

Qawasme was recently shifted to a hospital following a rapid deterioration of his health, while Fasfous and three other inmates have been put in Ramla prison clinic, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society [PPS] said in a statement.

A 24-year-old resident of the southern occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, Qawasme recently decided to up the ante by refusing to take any supplements or intravenous fluids during the indefinite strike.

PPS has expressed grave concern over his deteriorating condition, including extreme weight loss, low heart rate, shortness of breath, blurry vision, migraines and severe pain, and inability to stand.

Under the “administrative detention” policy, the Zionist occupation regime has been detaining Palestinians without legal trial or charges for long periods of time.

To protest the Zionist occupation’s use of administrative detention and neglect of ailing Palestinian prisoners, at least five other Palestinian prisoners have announced that they would boycott the Zionist military courts and refuse to take any medicine.

“Israel” Surrenders to Demands of Palestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Called Off

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

“Israel” Surrenders to Demands of Palestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Called Off

By Staff, Agencies

The Palestinian Prisoners Club announced on Wednesday morning that the Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike, which was supposed to begin on Friday.

The club said in a statement that the “prisoners, in a unified and harmonious manner, decided to suspend the collective hunger strike, after their demands were met.”

According to the statement, the “Israeli” authorities agreed to cancel the “collective punishments” imposed on the prisoners after six Palestinian prisoners succeeded in fleeing from Gilboa Prison last week.

The apartheid “Israeli” entity also reportedly agreed “to stop targeting prisoners affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ], the statement added, without providing further details.

Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission, had said before that the first phase of the hunger strike would include 1,380 prisoners.

“The prisoners and detainees have decided to go on a hunger strike to improve their conditions,” Abu Bakr said in an interview with the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

 “The prisoners’ demands in the upcoming strike aim to restore the situation to what it was before the recent punitive measures,” he explained, referring to the prison authority’s measures in the aftermath of the escape.

The prisoners added new demands, such as removing the glass separating them from visitors, and allowing families from the Gaza Strip to visit their jailed sons in the Zionist entity, the Palestinian official said.

Israeli Occupation Submits to Pressure, Mass Hunger Strike Suspended

Source: Al Mayadeen

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

By Al Mayadeen Net

The Captive Movement decided to suspend the collective hunger strike after the occupation forces acquiesced to its demands. The most substantial of these demands was putting a halt to collective punishment.

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Palestinian Prisoner Club: One of the most prominent demands is to stop targeting Islamic Jihad prisoners.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club announced in a statement today, Wednesday, that the captive movement decided to suspend the collective hunger strike after the Israeli occupation acquiesced to its demands.

The Prisoner’s Club said that one of the most prominent demands is the abolition of the collective punishments imposed by the occupation after the Freedom Tunnel operation, as well ceasing to target Islamic Jihad prisoners and its organizational structure.

The Palestinian Political Captives’ Movement had announced that it would resort to an escalation to stop the Israeli abuse, suppression, and isolation of the prisoners after the success of the Freedom Tunnel operation in breaking from the Gilboa prison. 

The Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs quoted the Captive Movement announcing that 1,380 prisoners will start an open hunger strike next Friday under the slogan “The Battle to Defend the Righteous.”

Earlier today, Al Mayadeen‘s reporter said that the situation of the re-arrested prisoners is severe and that there is real concern for their lives, pointing out that the Israeli occupation is trying to fabricate new charges against them.

Last Monday, the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees‘ Affairs reported that the movement decided to escalate in the face of the “Israel Prison Service,” which continues to abuse, suppress, isolate and brutalize prisoners at the hands of its repressive units in various prisons.

«انتقامٌ» معجّل من الخضري ورفاقه | «حماس» ــ السعودية: طريق مسدود

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الإثنين 9 آب 2021

«انتقامٌ» معجّل من الخضري ورفاقه | «حماس» ــ السعودية: طريق مسدود
كان رئيس المكتب السياسي لـ»حماس» ناشد الملك سلمان الإفراج عن معتَقلي الحركة (أ ف ب )

بعد بروز مؤشّرات، خلال الفترة القصيرة الماضية، إلى إمكانية حلحلة السعودية ملفّ معتَقلي حركة «حماس» لديها، خصوصاً في ظلّ التحوّلات الأخيرة في السياسة الخارجية للمملكة، جاءت أحكام الأمس، القاسية والصادمة، بحقّ أولئك المعتقلين، لتطمس أيّ أمل في هذا الإطار. هكذا، انتقمت الرياض من محمد الخضري ورفاقه، بعدما باءت محاولاتها «قبْض» ثمن للإفراج عنهم، مرتبطٍ بعلاقات «حماس» الإقليمية، بالفشل،غزة | بعد مرور عامين على اعتقال كوادر حركة «حماس» في السعودية، وفشل الوساطات العربية ومقترحات صفقات التبادل مع اليمنيين للإفراج عنهم، أصدرت محكمة سعودية، أمس، أحكاماً قاسية – وصلت إلى السجن 22 عاماً بحقّ بعضهم – ضدّ 66 فلسطينياً وأردنياً بتهم الانتماء إلى حركة «حماس» و«دعم الإرهاب». وبحسب مصادر فلسطينية، فقد حكمت المحكمة الجزائية السعودية على كلّ من: محمد العابد بالسجن لـ22 عاماً، ومحمد البنا 20 عاماً، جمال الداهودي 15 عاماً، أيمن صلاح 19 عاماً، محمد أبو الرب 18 عاماً، موسى أبو حسين 4 سنوات، شريف نصر الله 16 عاماً، باسم الكردي 7 سنوات، صالح قفة 5 سنوات، وأيمن العقاد 4 سنوات. كذلك، حكمت على ممثّل «حماس» في السعودية، محمد الخضري، بالسجن 15 عاماً، مع وقف التنفيذ لمدة نصف عام نظراً إلى وضعه الصحّي الصعب، فيما برّأت كلّاً من محمد قديح، أدهم غزال، محمد يعيش، محمد أسعد، محمد رواح. وخلال المحاكمة، منعت السلطات السعودية حضور عوائل المعتقلين، باستثناء شخص واحد من كلّ عائلة، وسط حالات من الإغماء والانهيار بين الأهالي، جرّاء الأحكام الصادمة.

وجاء إصدار هذه الأحكام بعد وقت قصير من دعوات فلسطينية وأردنية إلى الإفراج عن المعتقلين وإغلاق ملفّهم، فضلاً عن إطلاق رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس»، إسماعيل هنية، مناشدة إلى ملك السعودية، سلمان بن عبد العزيز، لإطلاق سراح الأسرى، انطلاقاً ممّا سمّاها «المواقف التاريخية السابقة للمملكة في دعم الشعب الفلسطيني وقضيّته». وعلى رغم ما بدا أنه استبشار فلسطيني بتقريب موعد المحاكمة، خصوصاً إثر بروز مؤشّرات إلى إمكانية إنهاء هذا الملفّ بعد استضافة قناة «العربية» السعودية رئيس إقليم الخارج في «حماس»، خالد مشعل، قبل أسابيع، إلّا أن الأحكام جاءت صادمة للحركة، التي توقّعت، على الأقلّ، أحكاماً مخفّفة عن معتقليها، بل والحكم بالبراءة على بعضهم. وفي هذا الإطار، تقول مصادر في «حماس» لـ«الأخبار» إن الوساطات والمباحثات بين الحركة والسعوديين وصلت إلى طريق مسدود نهاية الشهر الماضي، ليجري تعجيل المحاكمة التي كانت مجدولة في تشرين الأول الماضي، بعد رفض «حماس» ربط ملفّ معتَقليها بقضايا سياسية تتّصل بعلاقات الحركة في المنطقة والإقليم.

رفضت «حماس» ربط ملفّ معتَقليها بقضايا سياسية تتّصل بعلاقات الحركة في المنطقة والإقليم


وفي ردود الفعل على الخطوة السعودية، أعلنت حملة «الحرية للخضري والمعتقلين الفلسطينيين في السعودية»، ومعها لجنة المعتقلين الأردنيين في السعودية، أنهما ستستأنفان ضدّ الأحكام الصادرة أمس، وذلك بعد 40 يوماً من النطق بالحكم، وفق ما ينصّ عليه قرار المحكمة. وفي الإطار نفسه، وصف القيادي في حركة «الجهاد الإسلامي»، خضر حبيب، في تصريحات صحافية، الأحكام السعودية ضدّ المعتقلين الفلسطينيين بأنها «سياسية وباطلة ولا سند قانونياً لها، وهي طعنة في خاصرة الشعب الفلسطيني وقضيّته، وتسيء للعلاقات التاريخية بين المملكة والشعب الفلسطيني، ولا تصبّ إلّا في مصلحة الاحتلال».

أما حركة «حماس» فاستهجنت، في بيان، الأحكام الصادرة «بحق عدد كبير من الإخوة» الفلسطينيين والأردنيين، لافتة إلى أن «هؤلاء لم يقترفوا ما يستوجب هذه الأحكام القاسية وغير المبرّرة، فضلاً عن المحاكمة، فكلّ ما فعلوه هو نصرة قضيتهم وشعبهم الذي ينتمون إليه، من دون أيّ إساءة إلى المملكة وشعبها». ودعت الحركة، القيادة السعودية، إلى «سرعة الإفراج عنهم وإنهاء معاناتهم ومعاناة عائلاتهم التي مضى عليها ما يزيد على السنتين».



حملة دوليّة لإنهاء الاعتقال الإداري


أعلنت لجنة للأسرى مُشكَّلة من قِبَل القوى الوطنية والإسلامية والمؤسّسات العاملة في شؤون الأسرى، أمس، انطلاق الحملة الوطنية والدولية للمطالبة بإنهاء الاعتقال الإداري الذي يطال 450 أسيراً فلسطينياً. وفي مؤتمر متزامن بين غزة ورام الله، أُعلن عن الحملة الجديدة من أمام مقرّ «اللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر» في غزة، وكذلك مقرّ الأمم المتحدة في رام الله، بمشاركة الفصائل الفلسطينيّة والمؤسّسات الحقوقية المعنيّة بالأسرى ومتضامنين.

وقال عضو المكتب السياسي لحركة «الجهاد الإسلامي»، خالد البطش: «من غزة المحاصرة، وفي هذا المؤتمر التزامني بين غزة والضفة في (ما يمثّل) موقفاً موحّداً، نعلن عن انطلاق الحملة الوطنية لكسر ملفّ الاعتقال الإداري وإنهاء هذه المعاناة». وأشار البّطش إلى أنّ «الأسرى الفلسطينيين يعانون من قانون الاعتقال الإداري الذي ورثه الاحتلال من الانتداب البريطاني قبل قرابة 100 عام». وطالب «جميع المؤسّسات الحقوقية على مستوى فلسطين والعالم، باتّخاذ خطواتٍ قانونيّةٍ من أجل وقف ذلك الاعتقال»، داعياً «برلمانات الدول العربية والإسلامية والبرلمانات الحرّة في العالم الغربي إلى الوقوف مع أسرانا»، حاضّاً «الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة»، أيضاً، على «عقد جلسةٍ طارئةٍ وعاجلة من أجل إنهاء الاعتقال الإداري إلى الأبد».

وستبدأ الحركة الأسيرة في السجون بخطوات تصعيديّة من أجل كسر هذا النوع من الاعتقال التعسّفي، في وقت يواصل فيه 13 أسيراً إضرابهم المفتوح عن الطعام، من بينهم 12 أسيراً رفضاً لاعتقالهم الإداري. ويُعدّ أوّل مَن بدأ بالإضراب من بين هؤلاء الأسير سالم زيدات من بلدة بني نعيم في الخليل، والمضرب منذ 28 يوماً، لتلحقه مجموعة من الأسرى الذين شرعوا بإضرابات مسانِدة على دفعات، بحسب «نادي الأسير الفلسطيني».

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Five Palestinian Detainees on Open-ended Hunger Strike as Last-ditch Protest Bid

17/07/2021

Five Palestinian Detainees on Open-ended Hunger Strike as Last-ditch Protest Bid

By Staff, Agencies

Five Palestinian detainees went on indefinite hunger strike at the Zionist occupation regime’s jails as their last resort to protest their similarly indefinite and unexplained imprisonment at the hands of the regime.

Palestinian Maan news agency reported the development on Thursday, citing the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Authority.

“Four of them are languishing at Rimon prison” in the north of the occupied territories, while another is being held at the regime’s prison in the Negev desert, the agency wrote.

The inmates are protesting their “administrative detention.” The ‘Israeli’ regime has been applying the term to its rampant detainment of Palestinians without providing them with any reason for their arrest or informing them about the likely date of their release.

The prisoners’ body called the method “a violation of human rights, based on which captives are entitled to know about the circumstances surrounding their detention.”

“The occupying regime is, however, against letting the prisoners exercise their right,” it added.

The number of the Palestinians, who are suffering in such detention conditions across the Zionist occupation jails, currently stands at around 540.

Hunger strike has established itself as one of the most agonizing protest measures that are available to Palestinian prisoners, but one that has, at times, proven effective and raised international outcry over the regime’s inhumane practices.

According to official Palestinian sources, right now, a whopping 4,650 Palestinians are being kept in Zionist jails, 180 of whom are youngsters.

The Palestinian Authority, an organization with limited jurisdiction in the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, has constantly failed to take any action to secure their release.

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