30 Palestinian administrative detainees start open hunger strike in protest of unfair detention
30 Palestinian administrative detainees in the Israeli occupation prisons start an open-ended hunger strike today in protest of their unfair detention without charges or trial, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission.
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The administrative detainees sent a message a few days ago in which they asserted that confronting the administrative detention continues and that the practices of the Israel Prison Services “are no longer governed by the security obsession as an actual driver of the occupation, but rather are acts of revenge due to their past.”
Israel has escalated its administrative detention policy against Palestinians as the number of administrative detainees currently exceeded 760, including minors, women, elderly. According to the Commission, 80 percent of the administrative detainees are former prisoners who spent years in the prisons most were administrative detentions.
Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals usually ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Amnesty International, has described Israel's administrative detention policy as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”