Administrative detention of a Palestinian on hunger strike by Israel

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The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (a non-governmental organization) said on Tuesday that a Palestinian prisoner had started an open hunger strike in Israeli prisons to reject his administrative detention.

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The club stated, in a statement, that the prisoner Hisham Ismail Abu Hawash (39 years), from the town of Dura in Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, announced his hunger strike in rejection of his administrative detention.

He explained that “Abu Hawash” has been detained since October 2020, and two administrative detention orders have been issued against him for 6 months each for two consecutive times.

He added that he is a former prisoner who spent a total of 8 years in Israeli prisons. He is in the cells of Ofer prison. He is married and the father of four children, the youngest of whom suffers from kidney failure.

With this development, the number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons will be 10, and all of them are against administrative detention, according to the Prisoner Club.

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Administrative detention is imprisonment by an Israeli military order without an indictment, and extends for six months, subject to extension.

The number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons until June 30 is estimated at 4,850.

Among them, 41 female prisoners, 225 children, and 540 administrative detainees, according to institutions specialized in prisoners’ affairs.