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Palestinian prisoner declares hunger strike in protest of administrative detention

Nov. 22, 2016 6:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2016 10:35 A.M.)
Ammar Ibrahim Hamour declared a hunger strike on Nov. 21, 2016 in protest of his administrative detention (Credit: Palestinian Information Center)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian held in Israeli custody without charge or trial for more than nine months began an open hunger strike on Monday against his detention, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said.

According to a statement released by PPS on Tuesday, Palestinian prisoner Ammar Ibrahim Hamour declared an open hunger strike against his administrative detention -- an Israeli policy that allows internment without charge or trial for three- to six-month renewable intervals -- a day earlier.

Israeli authorities have issued two six-month administrative detention orders against Hamour since he was initially detained by Israeli forces.

Hamour, who is being held in an Israeli detention center in the Negev of southern Israel, is from the village of Jabaa in the Jenin district of the northern occupied West Bank. He has been in administrative detention since Feb. 16.

Tuesday has marked the second day of Hamour’s strike, as he joins at least three other Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners currently in critical condition, two of whom have gone without food for at least 60 days.

Lawyer Karim Ajweh on Monday visited hunger strikers Anas Shadid, 20, and Ahmad Abu Farah, 29, who are being held at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tel Aviv, and Nour al-Din Amar, 30, who is being held in solitary confinement in Israel’s Ashkelon prison.

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.

According to Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of October, 720 of whom were being held in administrative detention.

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