RAMALLAH, Saturday, January 01, 2021 (WAFA) – Palestinian prisoner Hesham Abu Hawwash, who has been on hunger strike for five months, is at high risk of sudden death, Jawad Boulos, an attorney of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Saturday evening, citing a report issued by Physicians for Human Rights.
Abu Hawwash, a father of five, has been on hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge or trial based on Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows Palestinians to be held in prison indefinitely on the bases of a ‘secret file’ that even the detainee’s lawyer is not allowed to view.
Earlier today, the Palestinian Authority’s Detainees Affairs Commission said Abu Hawwash had entered an extremely critical health stage, demanding his immediate release.
This widely condemned Israeli policy of administrative detention allows the Israeli occupation military to sentence Palestinians up to 6 months in Israeli detention on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.
This policy has at times forced Palestinian detainees to go on hunger strike as a last resort to demand their freedom.