250 Palestinian detainees begin mass hunger strike

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Published in Palestine
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Some 250 Palestinians being held in Israel’s Negev prison have begun an open-ended hunger strike in protest to their administrative detention.

The hunger strike will go on “until Israel’s policy of administrative detention comes to an end," a prisoner representative was quoted as saying by the Ma’an News Agency on Tuesday.

There are reportedly around 1,500 Palestinian prisoners being held in the prison, 250 of whom are being held in administrative detention. The Tel Aviv regime incarcerates Palestinians without trial or charge for up to six months but the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

The representative added that Israel uses administrative detention "to coerce the Palestinians and deprive them of their life."

"We are not asking to be released or to have our sentences reduced, but rather we are asking to completely stop administrative detentions."

The mass strike comes in solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allan who has been on hunger strike in protest to his prolonged detention without charge or trial since November 2014.

Allan, who lapsed into a coma on Friday after not eating for two months, is currently at immediate risk of death.

Palestinians in Israeli jails regularly go on hunger strike in protest to both the unfair administrative detention policy as well as the harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly incarcerated in 17 Israeli prisons and detention centers, many of them without charge or trial.

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