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30 Palestinian prisoners continue open hunger strike in Israel

30 Palestinian prisoners continue open hunger strike in Israel

Ramallah, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) Thirty Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli jails have begun an open-ended hunger strike to protest their administrative detention -a police that means they´re being held without charge or trial.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club warned that new batches of prisoners will engage in the strike in the coming period in case the Israeli occupation authorities proceed with the arbitrary detentions.

According to the Prisoners Club, the Israeli occupation Prisons Authority has begun threatening to impose penalties on hunger-striking prisoners, knowing that in all cases of individual and collective strikes, the Authority imposes a series of penalties, including depriving prisoners of visits, stripping them of their belongings, placing them in solitary confinement, and deliberately transferring them, in addition to practicing against them methods designed to psychologically pressure and abuse them.

Protesters are members and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Administrative detention is a procedure used by Israel to arrest Palestinians for renewable intervals usually ranging from three to six months, on the basis of undisclosed evidence that even defendant’s lawyer is barred from visiting.

Systematically a bunch of detainees held under this rule go on hunger strikes for an indefinite period of time to draw attention to their cases and force Israeli authorities to release them.

Palestinians and human rights groups charge the administrative detention violates due process because it allows prisoners to withhold evidence while they are held for long periods without being charged, tried or even convicted.

According to several sources, 740 Palestinian prisoners in Israel are held under administrative detention.

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