The Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association (Ad-Dameer) has reported that one of its lawyers visited, on Thursday – February 20, 2014, hunger-striking detainee Abdul-Majid Khudirat at the Ramla prison clinic, and said that the detainee stopped his strike after reaching a deal with the military persecutor’s office.
Khudirat, 46 years of age, stopped his strike on Tuesday evening, February 18th, after reaching a deal to be sentenced to 30 months, on the condition to have a special committee hearing to reduce his sentence to 18 months.
After signing the deal, Khudirat was moved from the section where hunger-striking detainees are held to another section for ailing detainees at the prison hospital.
The detainee started his hunger strike on January 15, 2014, protesting his arrest as Israel wanted to reinstate his original sentence.
He was one of hundreds detainees released under the Shalit Prisoner Swap deal; he served 3.5 years of his 18-year sentence.
It is worth mentioning that the detainee held an open-ended hunger strike starting on July 1, 2013, and ended his strike on October 15 of the same year, after the prison administration reached an agreement to sentence him to 30 months in exchange for ending his strike.
However, the prison administration unilaterally voided the agreement, and he resumed his hunger strike starting on January 15, 2014.
Khudirat has been repeatedly kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel, including the time he was kidnapped on June 13, 2002, and was released on December 18, 2011.
He was kidnapped again on August 23, 2013, and started his strike on January 15, 2014, when Israel reinstated the eight remaining years of his original sentence.
Nearly a month ago, Israel “offered” to release him under the condition he be sent to the Gaza Strip instead of being sent home in the West Bank, but he rejected the offer and was forced into solitary confinement at the Majeddo Israeli prison.
He suffers from serious health issues, including a kidney disease, sharp back and abdominal pain.