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PPS: 47 Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike

May 25, 2014 8:15 P.M. (Updated: May 26, 2014 12:47 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Forty-seven Palestinian prisoners joined an ongoing hunger strike in Israeli jails on Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

The prisoners are refusing meals in solidarity with over 150 other prisoners, many of whom have been on hunger strike since April 24. Hunger strikers are demanding Israel stop imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial in a policy known as "administrative detention."

PPS said in a statement that 15 prisoners in Ofer and 32 in the Negev prison of Ktziot joined the hunger strike on Sunday, bringing the total number of strikers up to over 200.

Some 50 Palestinians held in Nafha prison announced an open hunger strike on Saturday.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, "unlike a criminal proceeding, administrative detention is not intended to punish a person for an offense already committed, but to thwart a future danger."

"The entire procedure is secret: administrative detainees are not told the reason for their detention or the specific allegations against them. ... Since the detainees do not know the evidence against them, they are unable to refute it," B'Tselem said in a May 11 report.
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