Palestinian detainees plan hunger strike to protest Israeli restrictions [1,200 administrative detainees !]

Middle East Monitor  /  September 3, 2023

Palestinian detainees in Israel plan an open-ended hunger strike as of September 14 to protest Israeli restrictions, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said the strike aims to pile pressure on the Israeli prison authorities to reverse restrictions against the detainees.

“The prisoners want all restrictions imposed against them reversed,” the NGO said.

On Friday, far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir reduced the number of visits to Palestinian detainees from the West Bank to once every two months, according to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Around 1,600 Palestinian prisoners are affected by the new restrictions.

There are around 5,100 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, including 32 women, 165 children, and more than 1,200 administrative detainees [detention without trial], according to official data.