Despite of health deterioration, five Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails continue their open-ended hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial and to gain their freedom.
The five hunger-striking detainees’ health condition has been deteriorating severely, as they have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, irregular heart beats and serious decline in body fluids and vitamins.
The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 123 days, lost over 40 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body. He occasionally loses consciousness, and he suffers from tachycardia, pains in his chest, and low blood pressure.
The family of Fasfous said that doctors told him that he is close to sudden death and that they noticed signs indicating the formation of blood clots.
Fasfous is currently held at Barzilai Hospital, and after freezing his administrative detention on October 14, the Israeli occupation authorities reactivated his detention on October 29.
The Israeli occupation authorities refuse to release him despite his serious condition.
The 5 hunger-striking detainees are:
•Kayed Fasfous (123 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (99 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (90 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (53 days of hunger strike)
•Loay Alashqar (35 days of hunger strike)
Over 45 Palestinian detainees started hunger strike since the start of 2021, in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.
Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.
‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.
Thus, the hunger strike is a method of a non-violent resistance which the prisoners use to protect their lives and their fundamental rights and a response to the occupation racist policies which they face in the prisons.