Anas Shadid

Three Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons are currently on hunger strike, reported Asra Voice on Tuesday, 19 September. Anas Shadid, 21, from the village of Dura near al-Khalil and former long-term hunger striker who engaged in an 90-day hunger strike to win his release from administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, is on his sixth day of hunger strike.

He was once again seized by Israeli occupation forces on 14 June and ordered to administrative detention for a six-month indefinitely renewable period. He is one of over 450 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention. He was ordered to solitary confinement in Hadarim prison and launched his hunger strike to demand an end to his isolation and administrative detention, reported his brother, Abdel-Majid Shadid.

Ahmad Salameh al-Sawarkeh, from Gaza City, also is on hunger strike for the fourth day after he remains jailed in Israeli prisons; his sentence expired one year ago, in September 2016. He had been detained since 16 March 2009 and sentenced to seven and a half years in Israeli prisons. Last year, he was told that he would be released to Sinai as an Egyptian, but he has rejected this and demands to be released to Gaza City where he lived before his arrest with his wife from Deir al-Balah. He is now demanding his release to Gaza.

Sheikh Izzadine Amarneh. Photo: Asra Media Center

Sheikh Izzadine Amarneh, 55, who is blind, was detained by Israeli occupation forces from his home in the village of Ya’abed south of Jenin on 10 September. He was ordered to administrative detention on 18 September without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence and launched his hunger strike on 18 September demanding his freedom. A former prisoner, he has been held in the past for 6 years in Israeli jails.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands in solidarity with the three hunger strikers and all of the over 6,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in their struggle to defend their rights and dignity and achieve their freedom and the liberation of their land and people.