Three Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails remain on hunger strike against their illegal incarceration without charge or trial, one of them for 109 days in a row, the Palestinian Prisoners Commission said Saturday.
Ismail Ali, from the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, has been on hunger strike for 109 days today, Days of Palestine reported. His health has seriously deteriorated due to his long fast, including severe weight loss, reduction in vision and mobility.
Another administrative detainee, Musab al-Hendi, on hunger strike for 47 days in protest against his administrative detention without charge or trial, was recently moved to hospital following a deterioration in her health, said the Commission.
The third hunger striker, Ahmad Zahran, on hunger strike for 49 days, is also suffering a critical health condition as a result of the prolonged fast. Zahran had his administrative detention order extended by four months, two days before his current sentence was supposed to end.
Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians, by the Israeli state, without charge or trial, on orders from a military commander, on the basis of secret evidence.
The typical administrative detention is six-months in duration, but Israeli military authorities are able to renew orders indefinitely.
According to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association – it is widely accepted (except by Israel) that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the OPT. The Convention rests on the belief, as
articulated in Article 27, that civilians, whether in occupied territory or
not, are fundamentally “entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their
persons, their honor, their family rights, their religious convictions and
practices and their manners and customs.” The inviolability of such rights
and benefits has been especially pronounced for persons in occupied
Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam