Is­rael pun­ishes Pales­tinian pris­on­ers on hunger-strike

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Internatio­nal -

IS­RAELI prison au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day pun­ished dozens of Pales­tinian pris­on­ers who, in an act of sol­i­dar­ity, went on a hunger strike fol­low­ing the lead of an­other in­mate who was ar­rested on July 27 un­der Is­rael’s ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion pol­icy. The pol­icy al­lows Tel Aviv to hold Pales­tini­ans with­out any charge.

Thirty-two pris­on­ers at the Ofer Prison have be­gun an open-ended hunger strike in sol­i­dar­ity with Ma­her al-Ahras, who was hos­pi­tal­ized at the Ka­plan Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Re­hovot, as he has re­fused to eat for 79 days in protest of his ar­rest with­out a charge or trial.

Is­raeli prison ser­vices said the hunger strike by the de­tainees “was a vi­o­la­tion of dis­ci­plinary rules,” and the pris­on­ers were trans­ferred to iso­la­tion and “placed in empty cells with­out any equip­ment.”

On Mon­day, al-Ahras turned down a deal with Is­rael’s Supreme Court that rec­om­mended he be re­leased by Nov. 26, rather than rul­ing in fa­vor of his re­lease in ex­change for end­ing the strike.

Al-Ahras said he will con­tinue his fast un­til Is­rael’s Supreme Court or Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties guar­an­tee his re­lease on a spe­cific date.

The Is­raeli court re­fuses to re­lease al-Ahras and made the de­ci­sion to keep him in prison un­til he com­pletes his sen­tence next month de­spite re­ports from Is­raeli rights group B’Tse­lem claim­ing that the man is “on the verge of death.”

Some 5,000 Pales­tinian po­lit­i­cal de­tainees suf­fer in Is­raeli jails, in­clud­ing 43 women, 180 chil­dren and 430 de­tainees un­der ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion which al­lows Is­rael to de­tain peo­ple with­out charge or trial for re­new­able six-month pe­ri­ods. Taken away from their chil­dren, dozens of Pales­tinian women are suf­fer­ing abuse in Is­raeli pris­ons, ac­cord­ing to Pales­tinian ac­tivists.

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