Israeli Places Palestinian Hunger Striker under Solitary Confinement

RAMALLAH, April 27, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli prison authorities have placed Palestinian detainee Sami Janazreh, on hunger strike for 56 days, in solitary confinement in the Israeli Ela prison, according to the Commission of Detainee and Ex-Detainees Affairs.

Muataz Shuqeirat, an attorney with the Commission, said Janazreh has seen a significant deterioration in his health condition, including significant loss weight, low blood sugar levels, continuous fatigue, among others.

He added that the latest Israeli procedure of transferring Janazreh to solitary confinement targets to pressure him to cease his hunger strike.

Janazreh is one of three other detainees in Israeli jails, Adeeb Mafarjeh and Foaad Assi, who are on hunger strike against administrative detention, without charge or trial.

There are more than 500 Palestinian prisoners being held under administrative detention, a controversial Israeli practice that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for up to sex-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.

Israeli officials claim the practice is an essential tool in preventing attacks and protecting sensitive intelligence, but it has been strongly criticized by the international community as well as by both Israeli and Palestinian rights groups.

The Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, said international law stipulates that administrative detention may be exercised only in very exceptional cases. Nevertheless, Israeli authorities routinely employ administrative detention on thousands of Palestinians.

Israel uses administrative detention regularly as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

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.