Six Palestinian prisoners are currently on strike in Israeli prisons against administrative detention, incarceration without charge or trial, and isolation and solitary confinement.
Ahmad Abu Fara, 29, and Anas Shadid, 19, have been on hunger strike for 33 days in protest against administrative detention. Both are imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention and their health is showing signs of severe deterioration after over a month of refusing all food and drinks other than water, vitamins or supplements. Both have been moved repeatedly among several prisons and the Ramle prison clinic, itself a process that induces further physical and psychological pressure on the strikers. Abu Fara is suffering from severe headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath, blurred vision and severe pain. Shadid cannot walk and must use a wheelchair and experiences severe pain and shortness of breath, blurry vision and dizziness. He now weighs only 42 kilograms (approximately 90 pounds).
Majd Abu Shamla and Hassan Rubayah have been on hunger strike for 23 days against administrative detention without charge or trial; both are held in isolation in the Negev desert prison.
Two more Palestinian prisoners have joined the hunger strike: Yousef Abu Saeed of Nablus, in protest of his isolation in Ashkelon prison; and Musab Manasrah, in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial. Abu Saeed has been on hunger strike for five days and Manasrah for two days.
Palestinian administrative detainee, Adib Mafarjah, who conducted a 59-day hunger strike which concluded with an agreement to release him at the end of his administrative detention order in December 2016, will now be released on 15 November 2015 following an appeal at the Ofer Military Court on 25 October.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges the utmost support and solidarity to the hunger strikers and to all Palestinian prisoners. Samidoun in New York will be protesting on Friday, 28 October for freedom for the prisoners. We urge all advocates for justice and freedom for Palestine to protest and act in support of the hunger strikers’ struggle for liberation.
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