4 Palestinians continue hunger strikes against their imprisonment by Israel without charge


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians continued their hunger strikes on Saturday in protest of their imprisonment by Israel without trial or charge, the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement Saturday, as Israel has issued more than 300 administrative detention orders past month.Anas Shadid, 20, and Ahmad Abu Farah, 29, Majd Abu Shamla, 25, and Hassan Rabayaa, 31, each launched their strikes demanding their release from Israel’s widely-condemned policy of administrative detention that allows for the detention of Palestinians for up to three to six month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.Shadid and Abu Farah, both from the village of Surif in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, were being held solitary confinement in Israel’s Megiddo prison. They were both detained on Aug. 1 and have been on hunger strike since Sep. 24 and Sep. 23, respectively.Shamla and Rabayaa, both from Jenin in the northern West Bank, were being held in Israel’s Ktziot prison in the Negev and have been on hunger strike since Oct. 5. Abu Shamla was detained on January 27 and Rabayaa was detained on March 31.The committee also reported on Saturday that Israel issued over 300 administrative detention orders in the past month “for the most trivial of reasons.”The statement reiterated that administrative detention was a form of “collective punishment” and “a tool for repression,” and that its use outside of the judicial system violates the Fourth Geneva Convention and international law.The committee noted that some Palestinians have spent up to a total of 15 years in administrative detention at various stages in their lives without ever being charged.Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups have also claimed that Israel’s administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.
(Source / 16.10.2016)

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