Three Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on open hunger strike to protest Israel’s use of Administrative Detention, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said in a statement.
The detainees are being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention, a policy that allows the Israeli occupation authorities to detain Palestinians, and hold them with no charges and no trial.
Oday Shehada, is being held under administrative detention, in solitary confinement at Ofer prison, in the West Bank. The detainee is from the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, southern West Bank, and has been on hunger strike for 15 days.
Fadi Ghneimat, is also being held under administrative detention, and held in solitary confinement at Ofer prison. Ghneimat is from Surif town in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and has been on hunger strike for 14 days.
Mahmoud Al-Saadi, a Palestinian detainee from the northern West Bank Jenin refugee camp, is being held in Hadarim prison in Israel. Al-Saadi began his hunger strike six days ago, to protest being held with no charges.
According to Addameer, Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization, there are 365 Administrative Detainees in Israeli jails.
According to Addameer; “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.”
~ PPS, Addameer