RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Shata prisoners said 14 detainees have been on an open-ended hunger-strike, staged in solidarity with their administrative fellows, for four days in a row. The strike comes at a time when the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has come down heavily on administrative detainees.
According to the prisoners, four negotiation sessions have been held with IPS representatives to deliberate over the hunger strike, but to no avail.
Prisoners’ Society said quoting Shata detainees, a solidarity move has already been initiated by several prisoners, who have turned down the meals and gone on partial hunger strikes.
Prisoner Muslim Qutaiba, 50, from Nablus, has been without food for 6 days in solidarity with the administrative inmates. Qutaiba called for urgent medical check-ups due to his remarkably exacerbated health status.
Tough sanctions were vowed by IPS as a response to such solidarity moves. Transfer of prisoners to other lock-ups, denial of access out of the cells, entry-bans into cantinas, are among the measures that IPS vouched to carry out.
In a related context, an Israeli courthouse extended on Sunday the detention period for the Legislative Council deputy Mahmoud al-Ramahi for four extra months. The extension-sentence has been the third ever since al-Ramahi’s arrest on 23 November 2013.
Ex-head of Students Union in Birzeit University Fadi Hamad was sentenced to more 6 months in prison, just a few hours before his projected release date. Fadi Hamad has been on a full hunger strike, Ahrar Center for Human Rights reported.
According to Ahrar Center, the extension decision is “an unquestionable proof that Shin Bet and other Israeli security apparatuses are paying little heed, if any, to the protest moves carried out by the administrative hunger strikers.”
Ahrar Center called on human rights organizations to immediately intervene to restore the freedom of the Palestinian hunger strikers and bring administrative detention to a halt.