RAMALLAH, Sunday, May 22, 2022 (WAFA) – Two Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons are currently on hunger strike for 81 and 46 days in a row in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial, according to the Detainees Affairs Commission.
Khalil Awawdeh, 40, from the town of Idna, in the southern West Bank Hebron district, has been on hunger strike for 81 days in protest of his prolonged administrative detention without charge or trial.
He is reported to be suffering from headaches, fatigue, pain in the joints, irregular heartbeats, frequent vomiting and significant loss of weight after 58 days of hunger strike.
The other prisoner, Ra’ed Rayyan, 27, from the village of Bayt Duqu in the West Bank province of Jerusalem, has been on hunger strike for 46 days demanding termination of his detention without charge or trial.
Rayyan is said to be suffering from constant headaches and join pains, severe bodily fatigue, continuous vomiting and inability to move without a wheelchair.
Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians 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.
Currently, Israel is holding over 500 Palestinians in administrative detention, deemed illegal by international law, most of them former prisoners who spent years in prison for their resistance of the Israeli occupation.
Over the years, Israel has placed thousands of Palestinians in administrative detention for prolonged periods of time, without trying them, without informing them of the charges against them, and without allowing them or their counsel to examine the evidence.
Amnesty International, has described Israel's administrative detention policy as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”