Five Detainees on Hunger Strike over Detention without Charge, Trial

RAMALLAH, August 27, 2015 (WAFA) – Five Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Nafha prison have been on an open-ended hunger strike for five days in protest of their administrative detention, without charge or trial, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC).

The prisoners are Nedal Abu Akr, 45, Shadi Ma’ali, 39, Ghassan Zawahra, 32, Bader Ruzza, and Munir Abu Sharar.

Under administrative detention rules, Israel may detain Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six months, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.

The use of administrative detention dates back to the emergency laws of the British colonial era in Palestine, said the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Many human rights groups have accused Israel of using administrative detention as a routine form of collective punishment against Palestinians, as well as using it when failing to obtain confessions during interrogation.

There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails.

Palestinian detainees 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.

Last week, prisoner Mohammad Allan from Nablus agreed with the Israeli prison authorities to end his two-month hunger strike against administrative detention, after he was almost on the verge of death at an Israeli hospital.