In a written statement made by the Palestinian Prisoners Association, information was given about 4 Palestinian prisoners who did not accept the “administrative detention” decision and started a hunger strike in the last week.
In the statement, it was stated that Israel has issued 5 administrative detention orders for the Palestinian activist Mohammed al-Zagir, 34, the father of three children, has been held in Israeli prison since April 2020 and has been on a hunger strike for 3 days.
He’s still in custody even though his prison sentence is over
It was emphasized that Salim Zeydat, from the city of al-Halil in the West Bank, was arrested in February 2020, is still held in an Israeli prison as an administrative detention, despite the end of his 4-month prison sentence, and has been on hunger strike for three days.
It was stated that Muhammed Münir İmar, from Tulkarim city in the north of the West Bank, has been in administrative detention since October 2020 and started a hunger strike yesterday.
It was noted that Mujahid Mahmud Hamid, from the West Bank city of Ramallah, for whom two administrative detention warrants were issued, has been in detention since September 2020 and started a hunger strike yesterday.
Israel’s “administrative detention” practice
With what it calls “administrative detention”, Israel can detain Palestinians for 1 to 6 months based on intelligence.
If it is decided that the detainee “is a danger to Israel’s security”, the military judge can extend the period of detention up to 5 years without even making a criminal charge.
According to Palestinian sources, there are about 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 365 of whom are “administrative prisoners”.