Palestinian prisoner, Sami Janazra, 47, has embarked on the third hunger strike over the past four years of incarceration.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, prisoner Janazra from the al-Fawwar refugee camp, has been on hunger strike for 21 days consecutively, in protest of his Administrative Detention inside Israeli prison.

In a statement, released Sunday by the society, prisoner Janazra has been imprisoned since 2016 and has embarked on three hunger strikes, as he has not been charged and has not stood trial.

The statement noted that there are tens of other Palestinian prisoners, who are going the same ordeal as Janazra and that Israel has placed all those prisoners under administrative detention, since 2011.

The latest strike by prisoner Janazra, said the prisoners’ society, is considered to be an individual means of protest and pressure on the so-called Israeli Prisons’ Service (IPS), which applies harsh measures against prisoners, in general.

Recently, the IPS transferred Janazreh to a solitary confinement cell at the desert Israeli detention cap of Naqab (The Negev), after spending some time in a solitary confinement cell at the Ayla prison, added the statement.

Noteworthy, Janazra is a father of three children aged 8, 11, and 17.

The Prisoners’ Society suggested that Israel holds Palestinians under administrative detention, under the pretext of ‘secret evidence’, which the society says is in violation of international norms and conventions, pertaining to Palestinian prisoners.

Administrative detention (AD) is a procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. The secret information or evidence cannot be accessed by the detainee nor his lawyer, and can according to Israeli military orders, an administrative detention order can be renewed for an unlimited time. The court issues an administrative detention order for a maximum period of six months, subject to renewal.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Assocation