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Abbas visits former hunger-striking prisoner Malik al-Qadi in hospital

Sept. 30, 2016 3:39 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2016 7:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited former prisoner and hunger striker Malik al-Qadi on Friday morning at a hospital in Ramallah.

While meeting al-Qadi at the Arab Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, Abbas congratulated the young man for obtaining his release after going 68 days without food to protest being held by Israel in administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

Abbas stressed that the cause of Palestinian prisoners was a priority for Palestinian leadership and that he would continuously strive to end their suffering and obtain their release.

Al-Qadi was released by Israeli authorities and transferred to a Palestinian hospital on Sept. 24, days after he ended his hunger strike.

Al-Qadi, along with fellow hunger-striking prisoners Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul, ended his strike on Sept. 21 after reaching an agreement with the Israel Prisons Service not to renew their administrative detentions.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence, has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, students, and journalists.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

According to Addameer, as of August, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons, 700 of whom were being held under administrative detention.
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