Four Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are currently on hunger strike in protest against their administrative detention without charge or trial, today said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
Maher al-Akhras, who comes from the occupied West Bank town of Silat ad-Daher, has been on hunger strike for 28 days in a row, and is now suffering from weight loss, headaches, joint pain and extreme fatigue.
Mohammad Wahdan, who comes from Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah, has been on hunger strike for 19 days in a row.
Musa Zahran, who hails from the village of Deir Abu Mesh’al, has been hunger-striking for 17 consecutive days. Two days after his strike, he was held in solitary confinement.
The fourth prisoner, Abdul-Rahman Shuaibat, a resident of Beit Sahur town, has also been on hunger strike for four days in protest of his unfair detention.
Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention 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.
There are about 4,500 Palestinian and Arab political prisoners serving sentences in Israeli detention for resisting the prolonged Israeli occupation of their homeland. Of those, there are some 350 detainees held in prison as administrative detainees, without a charge or trial including minors and elderly.