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Palestinian prisoner on 100th day of hunger strike

June 7, 2014 10:39 P.M. (Updated: June 8, 2014 6:51 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Ayman Itbeish, 34, on Saturday finished his 100th day of a hunger strike against his indefinite detention with charge by Israeli authorities, and is one of the longest-striking prisoners currently being held.

Ibteish has been detained several times previously and has gone on hunger strikes three times in the past -- twice in protest against his detention with trial -- including for 105 days last year, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said in a report.

Israeli authorities, however, ended that strike in September with an agreement to end his administrative detention and a promise to reach a final decision on his case. This agreement was broken, however, when they re-arrested Ibteish sometime after after he was released.

Itbeish is currently being held in Assaf Harofeh medical center in central Israel and is considered to be at high risk, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, adding that he suffers from eye, kidney and stomach problems as well as numbness in his limbs and asthma.

Ibteish has been detained five times in the past, the first of which was in 1999 when he was 18 and he was sentenced for 18 months in prison, the second when he was administratively detained and sentenced for 7 months, and the third when he was sentenced for six years.

He was later detained again for three years without any charge or trial until he was freed and then detained again for the fifth time, again with no charge against him.

During his open hunger strike, Itbeish appealed to the Israeli military court which refused his appeal, verifying his detention and ignoring his risky health condition, claiming that there is no connection between his strike and the military court.

Itbeish is still continuing his education that has been repeatedly interrupted by detentions.

Director of the Hebron branch of the Prisoner's Amjad Najjar warned against the continuation of Ibteish's detention while his health is in a state of high risk.

Najjar demanded urgent action and support for the prisoner on his 100 day of hunger strike, as well as support for the 125 hunger-striking prisoners who have now entered their 45th day.

Palestinian prisoner human rights organization Addameer estimates that around 183 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention.

Over 800,000 Palestinians have been detained since 1967, with 5,224 currently being held in Israeli prisons, according to the PLO.
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