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Palestinian prisoner begins hunger strike

July 6, 2015 10:42 P.M. (Updated: July 7, 2015 10:00 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner from Bethlehem began a hunger strike on Sunday to protest his administrative detention, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said.

They said in a statement thatDaoud Issa Hamdanhas been in administrative detention since June 3, 2014 and previously spent eight years of his life in Israeli jails both in administrative detention and under sentence.

Hamdan is currently being held in the Negev jail.

The announcement comes exactly a week after Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 55-day hunger strike -- also against the practice of administrative detention -- when the Israeli authorities agreed to release him on July 12.

Palestinians held in administrative detention can be held without charge or trial for months or years, and are denied access to the evidence that led to their detention.

Adnan was detained in July last year and sentenced to administrative detention for the 10th time in his life.

It was the second time Adnan had gone on hunger strike against the practice, following a 66-day long hunger strike in 2012 -- the longest carried out by a Palestinian in Israeli detention.

Hamdan and Adnan were among hundreds of Palestinians detained by Israel last summer as part of an Israeli campaign known as "Operation Brother's Keeper," which was allegedly carried out in search of three missing teenage settlers.

Most of those arrested during the campaign were members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including leaders and members of the Palestinian parliament.
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