The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, on Thursday evening, that five detainees in Israeli prisons started an open-ended hunger strike protesting being held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.
In a statement, the Committee said that four of the detainees are held in Ramon Israeli prisoner and identified them as Mahmoud al-Fasfouss and Rafat Daraweesh, from Doura, south of Hebron in southern West Bank, in addition to Guevara Nammoura from Ramallah, in central West Bank, and Moayyad Khatib from Bethlehem, all held in the Ramon prison, and Kayed al-Fasfouas who is held in the Negev Detention Camp.
The Committee added that Israel’s Administrative Detention orders are direct violations of International Humanitarian Law, especially since neither the detainees nor their lawyers, can know the reason for their imprisonment since Israel’s claims it has “secret files” against the detainees.
According to data by the Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Israel is holding captive 4850 Palestinians, including 540 who are held under the Administrative Detention orders.
Among the Palestinian detainees are 41 female prisoners, 225 children, and 12 democratically elected Legislative Council Members.