Palestinian detainees launch hunger strike in solidarity with

Middle East Monitor  /  October 4, 2023

Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons will be staging a one-day hunger strike tomorrow in solidarity with Kayed al-Fasfous, a Palestinian prisoner on his 62nd day of hunger strike.

Al-Fasfous, 34, is protesting against his administrative detention – being held without charge or trial – and is currently suffering critical health conditions at the notorious Ramla Prison clinic, reported Wafa news agency.

In response to the Israeli occupation courts and intelligence agencies’ stance in not responding to his requests, the Supreme National Emergency Committee of the National Captive Movement warned against any moves by the Israeli occupation authority and its intelligence agencies to jeopardize Al-Fasfous’ well-being, placing full responsibility on Israel for his safety.

The committee said in a statement that, “after our bitter experience in the case of the assassination of Khader Adnan, and his cowardly execution, the entire Prisoners’ Movement in all prisons will not stand idly by and will not allow the repetition of what happened with the martyr Khader Adnan in any way.”

Moreover, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reports that Al-Fasfous’ health has been steadily deteriorating due to his prolonged hunger strike, during which he is also subjected to a daily cell search.

Al-Fasfous, from the occupied West Bank town of Dura, south-west of Hebron, has been held in Israeli detention without formal charges or trial since 2 May.

According to the PPS, this marks his second incarceration, having previously spent nearly seven years in Israeli prisons. His four brothers, Akram, Khaled, Hafez and Hasan, are all also held without charge or trial under administrative detention. He is married and the father of a daughter.

Israel has issued more than 2,200 administrative detention orders against Palestinian detainees so far this year, the PPS revealed earlier this month.

The number of administrative detainees has reached more than 1,200, including at least 21 children and three female prisoners, the PPS said.