After 135 days of hunger strike, political prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash, is facing serious potential complications due to his ongoing hunger strike against his Administrative Detention with no charges and no possibility of a trial.

After refusing food for four and a half months, recent photos reveal a severely malnourished and frail Abu Hawwash, 40, in his hospital bed at the Assaf Harofeh medical center in Israel.

A married father of five children, Abu Hawwash is suffering from severe weakness, decreased level of consciousness and has lost a significant percentage of his body weight, with his rib cage and hip bones highly visible.

Lawyers to the Ma’an News Agency that Hisham is no longer able to speak or move, and spokesman for the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission, Thaer Shreiteh, stated that doctors warm that he may enter a critical stage of health at any time.

The Israeli Prison Authority trasferred Abu Hawwash to the Israeli Assaf Harofeh medical center on December 26 from solitary confinement at the Ramla Israeli prison due to his dangerous condition.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) attorney, Jawad Boulus, affirmed that the prison authorities froze the Administrative Detention order on December 26, which only changed his status from ‘administrative detainee‘ to ‘unofficial prisoner.’

Abu Hawwash, from Doura town, south of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, was detained on October 27th, 2020 and immediately handed an 18 month Administrative Detention order.

Furthermore, Abu Hawwash is a former political prisoner who has frequently been imprisoned by Israel since 2003, having spent a total of eight years in Israeli prison.

Attorney Boulus stated that Abu Hawash is unable to stand or walk and struggles just to speak, in addition to the various potential life-threatening complications, however he is determined to continue his hunger strike in an attempt to gain his freedom.

Hisham Abu Hawwash – Photo: The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine


~ Ma’an
~ Photo: The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine