Three Palestinians remain on hunger strike in Israeli jails


Three Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention currently remain on hunger strike in protest of their unfair and indefinite administrative detention without a charge or trial, according to the Detainees Affairs Commission. The oldest hunger-striker of the four prisoners is Hesham Abu Hawwash who has been on hunger strike for 104 days, followed by Lo’ai Al-Ashqar and Nedal Ballout, on hunger strike for 49 and 31 days respectively. Last week, a fellow prisoner, Kayed al-Fasfous broke his hunger strike after nearly four months of fasting nonstop. The decision to end his hunger strike came after he reached an agreement that secures his release at the end of his current administrative detention order. Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals usually ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.