The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that two detainees held by Israel under the illegal, arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial are ongoing their hunger strikes.
The Committee said Ra’ed Rayyan, 27, from Beit Duqqu northwest of occupied Jerusalem, started the hunger strike 98 days earlier.
It added that Rayyan, currently at the Ramla Prison clinic, suffers a sharp weight loss, deficiency in minerals, vitamins, and proteins, dizziness, inability to stand, general fatigue, and excessive pain.
The Israeli authorities continue to refuse to transfer him to a civilian hospital despite his serious condition to pressure him to end the strike.
The Committee also said that Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, started his renewed hunger strike twelve days earlier after he ended the previous hunger strike that lasted 111 days on June 21st.
Awawda ended the strike after reaching a verbal agreement ending his Administrative Detention; however, the move, conducted without his lawyer, was meant to force him to end the strike without ending his arbitrary detention.
The Detainees Committee said Awawda, currently at the Assaf Harofeh Israeli Medical Center, could face further life-threatening complications.
Awawda was supposed to be released by the end of last month; however, he was slapped with a new four-month Administrative Detention order without charges and decided to relaunch the hunger strike.
Israel is holding captive 640 Palestinians under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial; they are among at least 4600 detainees imprisoned by Israel.
It is worth mentioning that Administrative Detainees in Israeli prisons continue to boycott the Israeli military courts for the 192nd day, demanding to be released or at least face charges.
Israel issued more than 54.000 Administrative Detention orders since it occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.
When Israel slaps a detainee with an Administrative Detention order and continuously renews the orders for many months, it claims to have “secret files” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can access.
Administrative Detention orders are usually renewed for three, four, six, or eight months at a time, and sometimes one year.