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Israel delays reviewing appeal of hunger-striking Palestinian's administrative detention

May 10, 2016 12:28 P.M. (Updated: May 11, 2016 2:43 P.M.)

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Supreme Court decided to postpone reviewing the appeal presented by the defense team of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Sami Janazreh against his administrative detention until next week.

The head of the legal department of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said Tuesday that the session was postponed to allegedly continue interrogating Janazreh.

Iyad Misk said that the delay was issued while Janazreh was still at the Soroka Medical Center.

Janazreh has been on a hunger strike for 69 days to protest his administrative detention.

The prisoner refused to meet with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday after Israeli wardens insisted that his hands and feet remain in chains during the meeting.

Janazreh, 43, from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his administrative detention -- a widely-condemned Israeli policy that allows for internment without charge or trial for six-month intervals which can be renewed indefinitely.

A lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that international law ruled that chains should be removed when prisoners meet with ICRC representatives.

The statement also quoted Janazreh, who called on the ICRC to get Israel to comply with prisoner visits rules.

According to PPS, Janazreh now weighs only 47 kilograms, and has refused to take vitamins.

Last week, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs reported that the hunger striker had begun to refuse water, although it was unclear on Tuesday whether Janazreh was still refusing to drink.

Janazreh told his lawyer, Muataz Shqeirat, at the time that his refusal of water was an act of protest against abusive treatment by Israeli prison wardens during his ongoing hospitalization at the Israeli Soroka Medical Center, which includes tying his feet and hands and barring him from using the bathroom.

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