The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli decision to freeze the Administrative Detention of detainee, Maher Al-Akhras, 49, after 59 days of ongoing hunger strike, is an Israeli attempt to end his strike without granting him his legitimate rights.
The PPS stated that the detainee decided to hold the hunger strike protesting being imprisoned under an arbitrary Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.
It added that by merely “freezing” the order instead of canceling it, the Israeli authorities are just trying to get him to end his strike without evening attempting to listen to his demands, and can, at any moment, reinstate the orders after he ends the strike.
The PPS also said that Israeli courts have previously used the so-called freezing of the administrative detention orders as a trick to convince the detainees to end the hunger strike, especially when they face serious health complications, but without actually ending the Administrative Detention orders or setting a timeframe for their release.
The PPS stated that al-Akhras is currently in a serious health condition at the Kaplan Israeli medical center, and held Israel responsible for his life, and the lives of all detainees, facing very difficult health conditions and ongoing suffering that is compounding due to the spread of the coronavirus.
It is worth mentioning that al-Akhras is refusing medical checkups or medications and is determined to continue his strike until achieving his legitimate demands of freedom, especially since he is still being held without charges.
He said that he will continue his strike, despite his suffering and serious health conditions, until he received his freedom, and that he will not be deceived or tricked by the Israeli authorities that are just trying to oblige him to end his strike without voiding the Administrative Detention orders.
The PPS called on various local, regional, and international legal and human rights groups to intervene and put an end to the escalating Israeli violations against the detainees, facing all sorts of abuse, medical neglect in addition to being denied basic rights guaranteed by all related international treaties.
Al-Akhras is a married father of six children from the Sielet ath-Thaher town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
He has been abducted and imprisoned by Israel numerous times, including when he was taken prisoner on July 27th, 2020, and was instantly slapped with a four-month Administrative Detention order.
Video By The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS)