Former hunger striker Imad Batran seized again by occupation forces

imad-batranFormer Palestinian prisoner Imad Batran, who engaged in a 105-day hunger strike to protest administrative detention without charge or trial before his release last November 14, was seized once more by Israeli occupation forces on January 12.

According to the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies, military forces stormed Batran’s home in Ethna village near Khalil, beat him and took him directly to Ashkelon prison.

Amina Tawil said that intelligence officers had threatened Batran a week
ago with re-arrest when he was called to interrogation by occupation military forces; she said that Batran had told his wife that he intended to engage in a hunger strike again if returned to administrative detention.

Batran had been held for two years without charge or trial before his release in November; he ended his hunger strike when occupation authorities pledged to not renew his detention. His brothers are also held in Israeli prisons: Tareq is serving a life sentence; his brother Mohammed is being held without charge or trial in administrative detention in Ashkelon.