Six Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against detention conditions
Eleven days ago, Saif Hamdan, Saleh Rabaya, Qusay Khader, and Osama Khalil launched an open hunger strike. Four days later, Sultan Khalouf and Kayed Fasfous joined the hunger strike to protest against their administrative detention, the prisoners' club said in a press statement sent to The New Arab.
"It is expected that nine other detainees will join the hunger strike soon against their administrative detention," the statement said. "The number of prisoners on hunger strike will gradually double over the coming days."
The organisation stressed that prisoners under "administrative detention" continue to escalate their civil disobedience campaign against the prison's administration, such as daily protests, returning meals, boycotting clinics, abstaining from medicines and barricading rooms or sections of the prison.
The club called on the International Committee of the Red Cross and human rights organisations and humanitarian institutions to take immediate action and put an end to what they described as "racist extremism" and "the policy of administrative detention, which in its form and content violates all international norms and covenants."
The organisation further warned of a real "explosion" in Israeli prisons and detention centres due to the policy of indifference toward the demands of prisoners under administrative detention.
Administrative detention is an Israeli martial law system that allows Israeli forces to detain any Palestinian in the occupied West Bank without charges for six months, renewable indefinitely.
In 2022, Israeli forces issued more than 1500 administrative detention orders, making it one of the highest yearly rates of administrative detention orders in years.