RAMALLAH, Sunday, July 12, 2020 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority‘s Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs reported today that three Palestinian detainees in Israeli detention are still on the hunger strike they declared a few weeks ago in protest against their administrative detention without charge or trial.
The Commission said in a statement that Odi Shehadeh, 24, from Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, and Fadi Ghneimat, 40, from the town of Surif, in the south of the West Bank, have been on hunger strike for 20 and 19 days in a row respectively at Ofer military camp near Ramallah.
The third prisoner, Mahmoud Saadi, from Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, has been on hunger strike for 12 days and is being held at Hadarim prison.
Palestinians in administrative detention resort to hunger strike to force Israel to release them because otherwise they could be left in prison for long periods of time without charge or trial and based on secret evidence not available for even their lawyers.
There are currently over 350 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli detention, including women and minors, who are imprisoned without a charge of trial.