The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said thirty Palestinian detainees imprisoned by Israeli under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial are ongoing with a hunger strike their started six days earlier.
The PPS said many more detainees are planning to gradually join the strike, rejecting the illegal orders and demanding an end to this policy, denying them the right to face charges instead of being held under illegal orders based on an Israeli allegation of a “secret file” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can see.
The PPS added that Israel confined the hunger striking detainees in four rooms at the Ofer Israeli prison and forced imprisoned lawyer and human rights defender Salah Hammouri, in solitary confinement in Hadarim prison, in addition to Ghassan Zawahra who is in solitary confinement at the Negev detention camp.
The Israeli Prison Authority has already started imposing sanctions and punitive measures against the hunger-striking detainees, including banning family visits, confiscating their belongings, forcing them into solitary confinement, and the constant transfers to prevent them from resting.
The PPS called for massive public solidarity with the detainees, demanding an end to the illegal policies keeping them held without charges, especially the repeatedly renewed orders, causing many to spend years in prison without charges or trial.
It said the current number of Administrative Detainees exceeded 780, including at least six children and two women. Most of them are held at the Negev Detention Camp and Ofer prison.
Israel issued more than 9500 Administrative Detention orders since 2015, including 1365 this year alone, 270 of them in August.
The PPS said that approximately %80 of the Administrative Detainees were previously abducted and imprisoned many times.