Four Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strikes against administrative detention, arbitrary transfers

latuffFour Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes as of Sunday, 25 September against administrative detention and the arbitrary transfer of prisoners from prison to prison. All have urged the importance of international solidarity and support in their struggles for justice and freedom.

Anas Ibrahim Shahid, 20; Ahmad Abu Farah, 29; and Omar al-Hih, 22 all launched hunger strikes in protest of their administrative detention without charge or trial. All three were subject to six-month detention orders, which are indefinitely renewable on the basis of secret evidence. Shadid and Abu Farah were arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 1 August and Al-Hih was detained on 15 September.

They are among over 700 Palestinians held without charge or trial under administrative detention. Palestinian prisoner support and human rights organization Addameer launched a video yesterday together with the Institute for Middle East Understanding focusing on the campaign to end administrative detention.

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In addition, Jawad al-Jawarish, 40, launched a hunger strike against the arbitrary transfer of Palestinian prisoners from one prison to another. Jawarish is serving a life sentence, imprisoned since 2002 for his involvement in the Palestinian armed struggle as part of the Fateh movement. He is one of 120 Fateh prisoners who were arbitrarily transfered first from Eshel prison to Nafha prison, then to Ramon prison. Palestinian prisoners frequently protest against raids and arbitrary transfers, disrupting prisoners’ lives.