Update on Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

25 Aug
6:07 AM

Eight Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue to go on an open hunger strike to protest Israel’s policy of administrative detention.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that Huthaifa Halabiyyeh (28), from Abu Deis in occupied Jerusalem has been on hunger strike for 55 days.

Halabiyyeh, father of a baby girl, has been arrested three times before, despite having serious previous health problems such as leukemia, in addition to suffering from serious burns.

In the same vein, Ahmad Ghannam (42) from occupied Hebron, father of two children, was arrested in June 2019 and has been on hunger strike for 42 days despite of being former leukemia patient. Ghannam is also a former prisoner, who has spent nine years in Israeli jails.

Sultan Makhlouf (38), has been also on hunger strike for 38 days. He declared going on hunger strike as soon as the Israeli authorities said that he will be arrested under administrative detention. Makhlouf has already spent over four years in Israeli jails despite of having breathing problems.

Ismail Ali (30), from Abu Deis in occupied Jerusalem has been on hunger strike for 32 days so far despite of already spending a total of seven years in Israel’s jails.

Wajdi Awawdeh (20), from occupied Hebron has been on hunger strike for 27 days so far. He was arrested in April 2018 despite of having health problems. The Israeli Prison Service has been refusing to provide the needed medical care for Awawdeh, which pushed him to go on hunger strike.

Tareq Qaadan (46), from Jenin, a father of six, has been on hunger strike for 25 days. Qaadan has already spent a total of 11 years in Israel’s jails. He was supposed to be released in February 2019 after completing his jail sentence, but few days before his release, the Israeli authorities ordered to rearrest him under administrative detention.

Naser Jada’a (30), from Burqin in Jenin has been on hunger strike for 18 days so far. He is a former prisoner, who was arrested previously three times.

13 days ago, Thaer Hamdan (21), declared that he will start going on a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention.

Israel has been adopting a policy of arresting Palestinians from all ages under administrative detention, for which it needs no charge to arrest them and they can be arrested for unknown periods.

Source : Quds News
Edited for IMEMC : Ali Salam

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