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2 Palestinian prisoners enter 9th day on hunger strike

Oct. 3, 2016 6:59 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2016 1:11 P.M.)
Anas Ibrahim Shadid and Ahmad Abu Farah (Photo: Quds Press)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners entered their ninth day of a hunger strike on Monday in protest of being held by Israel without trial or charges, according to Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer.

Anas Ibrahim Shadid, 20, and Ahmad Abu Farah, 29, were both detained on Aug. 1 and placed in administrative detention on a six-month sentence in Israel's Ofer prison.

Shadid and Farah launched their hunger strikes along with 22-year-old Omar al-Hih, who was detained on Sept. 15th. However, al-Hih suspended his hunger strike on Saturday after a reaching a deal with Israel not to renew his administrative detention.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence, 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.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

While prominent hunger strikers Malik al-Qadi and Mahmoud and Muhammad Balboul ended their hunger strikes in mid-September, a number of Palestinian prisoners have since started their own strikes to protest administrative detention and policies used by the Israel Prison Service (IPS), such as forcible prison transfers.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of August, 458 of whom were serving life sentences, and 700 of whom were in administrative detention.
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