The longest hunger striking Palestinian administrative detainee ended his fast today, after the Israeli High Court set a date for his release, said the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS).
It said, according to WAFA, that Ahmad Ghannam, from the town of Dura, in the south of the West Bank, who has been on hunger strike for a straight 102 days, in protest against his open-ended administrative detention without charge of trial, decided to call off his strike after the High Court ruled to set a ceiling for his detention, which means his release after completing the current administrative detention period.
According to the PPS, Ghannam was in a critical condition due to his long hunger strike. He was recently moved from isolation at Nitzan prison, in central Israel, to an Israeli hospital.
Ghannam was detained on June 18 of this year. He is a former prisoner and was taken into custody for his resistance activities, for a total of nine years. He suffered from leukemia. He is married and a father of two young children.
In addition to Ghannam, five other administrative detainees remain on hunger strike, demanding an end for their incarceration in Israel. These include: Ismail Ali, who has been on hunger strike for 92 days, Tareq Qadan, on strike for 85 days, Ahmad Zahran, 32 days, Musab Hindi, 30 days and Hiba Labadi, a Jordanian citizen detained when she was crossing into the West Bank coming from Jordan, and who has also been on hunger strike for 30 days, since her detention.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)