Ayman al-Tabeesh on strike for 119 days; administrative detainees warn of false news

tabeesh-119Ayman al-Tabeesh is on his 119th day of hunger strike on June 26 as administrative detainees reiterated that their statement on their hunger strike will be released following their medical treatment.

The prisoners’ leadership committee warned against various media reports of the results of the strike, as well as reports of Zionist officials saying they had made no agreement with the striking prisoners before the strike ended. They said that their 4:00 am statement, through lawyer Ashraf Abu Sneineh, that their strike was suspended and details would be forthcoming, was the only official statement representing the prisoners on strike.

Former Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker Khader Adnan congratulated the strikers and the Palestinian people on their battle of dignity, saying that the prisoners alone have the right to decide to strike and how to end the strike, and noting his confidence in their decision-making. He said that “the termination of the strike will not be the last battle between the prisoners and the Zionist prison administration.”

Riad al-Ashqar of the Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies said that the administrative detainees had achieved a number of indirect accomplishments in their strike, including preserving and highlighting the issue of the prisoners as a critical national cause, highlighting the administrative detention law and its lack of legitimacy, pushing human rights organizations to take action internationally on this issue, and exposing the occupation in international forums on its practices.