RAMALLAH, Sunday, August 30, 2020 (WAFA) – Musa Zahran, 53, a Palestinian administrative detainee in Israeli prisons, ended today his hunger strike which lasted for 15 days in protest of his detention without a charge or trial, said the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.
Hasan Abd Rabbu, the media adviser of the Detainees Affairs Commission, told WAFA that Zahran’s decision to end his hunger strike came after he reached an agreement with the Israel Prison Service on not renewing his current six-month administrative detention order, without charge or trial.
Zahran, who comes from the occupied West Bank village of Deir Abu Mesh’al, has served a total of five years in Israeli detention. He is currently locked down in solitary confinement at Ofer detention facility, west of Ramallah.
Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows detention of Palestinian detainees without charge or trial for renewable intervals, usually ranging between three and six months, based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Rights groups say that Israel‘s administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt influential Palestinian figures, notably politicians, activists, and journalists.