Palestinian detainee Ra’ed Rayyan remains on hunger strike for 88 days
Palestinian detainee Ra’ed Rayyan remains on hunger strike for 88 days in a row today demanding an end of his detention without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities.
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Last week, the Israeli occupation authorities reneged on a promise not to renew the administrative detention of Khalil Awawda, 40, another Palestinian detainee who had been on hunger strike for 111 days.
In the meantime, more than 450 Palestinian administrative detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings for 183 days in protest of their unfair detention without charge or trial under Israel’s controversial administrative detention policy.
The boycott includes hearings for the renewal of administrative detention orders as well as appeal hearings and latter sessions at Israel’s Supreme Court.
Under administrative detention, Israel keeps Palestinians without charge for up to six months, a period which can be extended for an indefinite number of times. Women and minors are also among those detainees. The detention takes place on orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the Israeli regime describes as ‘secret’ evidence. Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.
Palestinians and human rights groups say the administrative detention violates the right to due process since evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.
Currently, Israel is holding over 450 Palestinians in administrative detention, deemed illegal by international law, most of them former prisoners who spent years in prison for their resistance of the Israeli occupation.
Amnesty International, has described Israel's administrative detention policy as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”