According to the Prisoners' Affairs Commission, a Palestinian prisoner's health has worsened significantly as he enters his 49th day of hunger strike in Israeli detention facilities.
Hassan Abed-Rabbu, the commission's spokesman, said in a news statement that Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, who has been on a hunger strike for the 49th day in a row in protest of being held in administrative custody without charge or trial, requires immediate medical attention.
Due to a shortage of body fluids, Abu Atwan's health has worsened significantly, putting his heart and kidneys in jeopardy.
In an interview with Voice of Palestine, Abed-Rabbu warned against the serious health deterioration of Eyad Hreibat and Ali al-Hroub, both residents of Dura town, west of Hebron, as a result of the Israeli Prison Service's (IPS) policy of deliberate medical negligence, claiming that IPS was solely responsible for their fate.
He asserted that the need to hold rallies in support of the hunger-striking prisoners and spare no effort on the legal arena to secure the release of Abu Atwan and all 550 prisoners held in administrative detention.
, The Israeli Supreme Court rejected on June 10 for the second time a petitio by Abu Atwan concerning the abolition of his administrative detention. Abu Atwan is boycotting the medical examination and treatment.
Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative arrest that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
The US State Department has sated in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the “opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.”
Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.
Palestinian prisoners have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.