Israeli Supreme Court to consider Diab and Halahleh cases Thursday

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem will consider the appeal of imprisoned hunger strikers Thaer Halahleh and Bilal Diab on Thursday, May 3. Both are on their 63rd continuous day of hunger strike, in protest of administrative detention, under which both are held without charge or trial. Both are suffering serious health problems.

Earlier, on April 23, the occupation court in Ofer rejected the appeal submitted by Halahleh and Diab’s lawyers and continued their detention based on secret evidence, stating that they are a “security risk.” Nevertheless, Halahleh and Diab have not been charged.

Prisoners’ advocates in Palestine noted that the occupation bears full responsibility for the lives of Thaer Halahleh and Bilal Diab, and called for all international institutions and human rights organizations, particularly the UN Human Rights Council and the International Committee of the Red Cross to take action. They also called for all in ocupied Palestine ’48, including all Palestinian leaders inside Israel, to protest in solidarity with the striking prisoners and demand their freedom.