Friday, September 4, 2015
Administrative Detention

Five Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention without charge or trial in Israeli jails are about to enter their second week on hunger strike, demanding an end to administrative detention. Take Action to support the hunger strikers and call for freedom for administrative detainees!

Nidal Abu Aker, Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi Ma’ali, Badr al-Ruzza, and Munir Abu Sharar launched their hunger strike on 20 August 2015, protesting their administrative detention without charge or trial. All have had their arbitrary detention orders renewed multiple times. On Monday, 31 August, they were removed from their prison cells and thrown into isolation – Abu Aker in Asqelan, Zawahreh and Ma’ali in Ella prison, and Ruzzah and Abu Sharar in the Naqab prison.

Khader Adnan supports the hunger strikers.
Khader Adnan supports the hunger strikers.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reported that the five have consumed only liquids since 20 August and are boycotting the occupation military courts along with 50 other administrative detainees, exposing the sham nature of these hearings relying on secret information that neither Palestinian prisoners or their lawyer can review. “Addameer calls upon solidarity organizations, human rights organizations and individuals all around the world to join the campaign to end administrative detention while emphasizing the necessity of popular support for Palestinian prisoners and detainees,” the organization urged.

In addition, Kayed Fawzi Abu Rish, 42, from Nablus, has been on hunger strike for 26 days. Held in administrative detention since December 2014, the order against him was renewed in June 2015 for an additional six months. He was transferred to hospital yesterday after being held in isolation in Megiddo prison.

Prisoner support tent at the entrance to Dheisheh refugee camp.
Prisoner support tent at the entrance to Dheisheh refugee camp.

There are approximately 480 Palestinians held without charge or trial in administrative detention in Israeli prisons. Israeli military commanders issue orders for up to one to six months of detention, which are indefinitely renewable. Introduced in Palestine by the British colonial authority, administrative detention is used in a routine and frequent manner. According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies, 85% of administrative detention orders are renewed at least once. Israel’s widespread and systematic use of administrative detention violates the Geneva Conventions and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The five detainees have been on hunger strike for thirteen days and are about to enter their third week on strike, while Abu Rish is nearing a month on strike. They are demanding an end to administrative detention in this “Battle of Breaking the Chains.” They are threatened not only by the risks to their health and lives by hunger striking, but also threatened with the new Israeli force-feeding law that legitimizes force-feeding torture against hunger striking prisoners, which led to the death of four Palestinian hunger strikers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Video (Press TV News report):

Layla (Um Samer) Issawi and Malika (Um Nidal) Abu Aker, mothers of Palestinian prisoners
Layla (Um Samer) Issawi and Malika (Um Nidal) Abu Aker, mothers of Palestinian prisoners

In Dheisheh refugee camp, the home of three of the strikers, a permanent solidarity tent has been set up. Khader Adnan, former administrative detainee who won his freedom twice through long-term hunger strikes, visited the solidarity tent and met with members of the prisoners’ families; Layla (Um Samer) Issawi also met with the strikers’ families, urging support and solidarity with the strike. She is the mother of Samer, Shireen and Medhat Issawi, all imprisoned in Israeli jails; Samer was previously freed in a long-term hunger strike.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its strongest solidarity with the striking prisoners, and calls for international actions, mobilizations and events to demand their freedom. We cannot wait until these brave strugglers are facing death to act and demand not only their freedom as individuals, but the abolition of administrative detention – on the road to freeing every Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli occupation jails. It is not the case that Israeli military courts are any more legitimate, fair or acceptable than administrative detention – they are just as arbitrary, racist and illegitimate. But administrative detention is a weapon of mass terror used against the Palestinian people, and it is critical to bring this practice to an end. These Palestinian prisoners have put their bodies on the line in order to end administrative detention – and it is imperative that we act to support them. These prisoners’ struggle is not only about their individual freedom – it is part of their struggle for return and liberation for Palestine.

Take Action!

1. Sign on to this statement in support of the prisoners’ demand to End Administrative Detention. Organizational and individual endorsements are welcome – and organizational endorsements particularly critical – in support of the prisoners’ demands and their actions. Click here to sign or sign below: http://bit.ly/EndAdministrativeDetention

2. Send a solidarity statement. The support of people around the world helps to inform people about the struggle of Palestinian prisoners. It is a morale booster and helps to build political solidarity. Please send your solidarity statements to samidoun@samidoun.net. They will be published and sent directly to the prisoners.

3. Hold a solidarity one-day hunger strike in your area. Gather in a tent or central area, bring materials about Palestinian prisoners and hold a one-day solidarity strike to raise awareness and provide support for the struggle of the prisoners and the Palestinian cause. Please email us at samidoun@samidoun.net to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

4. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at samidoun@samidoun.net to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

5. Contact political officials in your country – members of Parliament or Congress, or the Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State – and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to free the hunger strikers and end administrative detention.

6. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS at bdsmovement.net.

Dichiarazione di prigioneri palestinesi in sciopero della fame. Altri aggiornamenti: http://kanafani.it/?p=1082

Inglese: 250 Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention state they will launch open hunger strike. Update: Palestinian prisoners on fifth day of hunger strike to end administrative detention

Alle masse del nostro popolo, agli eroi della rivoluzione, alla nostra determinata lotta contro l’occupazione sionista e i coloni fascisti, ai nostri giovani, le nostre madri e sorelle, la nostra lotta proseguirà grazie alla vostra determinazione. Vi salutiamo per la Palestina.

Oggi ci troviamo di fronte ad una intensificazione degli attacchi sionisti contro tutto il nostro popolo e contro i diritti dei prigionieri palestinesi nelle celle sioniste, attacchi di massa, ampie campagne di ispezione e incursioni, ci troviamo di fronte al diniego dei diritti basilari  necessari alla minima dignità umana.

Ci confrontiamo continuamente con la divisione della Palestina e il suo impatto sulla realtà del nostro movimento nazionale nelle prigioni. E ci confrontiamo con l’insistenza dell’occupante nel promulgare nuove leggi fasciste e razziste, come la legge della morte e di alimentazione forzata recentemente approvata, con un utilizzo sempre maggiore della detenzione amministrativa. Ciò rappresenta una chiara ed esplicita violazione delle convenzioni internazionali e dei diritti umani, dove noi possiamo essere arrestati per lunghi periodi, per anni continuativi, sulla base dei cosìddetti “documenti segreti” e non abbiamo il diritti di poterci difendere. La detenzione amministrativa è una spada che pende sulla nostra testa, che corrode la nostra carne e il nostro sangue per anni della nostra vita, senza processo e umanità alcuna.

È stata utilizzata in maniera accanita dai servizi di intelligence del nemico e dalle corti militari. Più di 480 sono gli ordini di detenzione amministrativa emessi e il numero dei detenuti in regime di detenzione amministrativa ha raggiunto  650 la scorsa estate. La maggior parte di questi arresti sono stati rinnovati almeno una volta. Alcuni hanno passato più di cinque anni, altri dieci, in ripetuti arresti in detenzione amministrativa. Alla luce di queste pratiche, siamo in lotta continua contro l’occupante.

Quindi abbiamo intrapreso i primi passi nella lotta a questa forma di arresti: boicottare le corti militari che rilasciano gli ordini di detenzione amministrativa per rivelare e denunciare le pratiche delle forze occupanti contro il nostro popolo all’opinione pubblica della nazione araba e a quella internazionale, laddove l’occupante cerca di legittimare la nostra detenzione.

Attraverso il dialogo e la discussione tra i detenuti amministrativi di tutte le forze politiche, con l’impegno di 80 detenuti, la nostra lotta ha preso avvio il 1 luglio 2015 quando abbiamo boicottato le corti militari sioniste e rifiutato di comparirvi in quanto queste corti rappresentano una farsa e sono illegittime. Ci è stato negato il diritto di accesso ai nostri legali, il diritto di difesa e di rappresentanza.

Vediamo questo come un passaggio che fa avanzare il movimento dei prigionieri nella battaglia contro la detenzione amministrativa, che ci fa lottare e giocare il nostro ruolo nazionale nella lotta contro la detenzione amministrativa arbitraria. Alcuni detenuti hanno intrapreso il loro sciopero della fame individuale in protesta alla detenzione amministrativa in generale e alla loto detenzione personale, come è loro diritto. Nonostante ciò, crediamo che l’azione collettiva sul livello nazionale sia più efficace nel creare risultati per sconfiggere la politica della detenzione amministrativa. Tuttavia, la vita di Mohammad Allan che da due mesi  affronta l’occupazione e i suoi strumenti è in pericolo ed è minacciata dall’implementazione della decisione di alimentazione forzata. Abbiamo deciso di combattere l’occupazione e il suo apparato di intelligence con il nostro sciopero della fame, al fine di raggiungere le seguenti richieste:

  1. La fine della politica di detenzione amministrativa nei confronti del nostro popolo e dei suoi combattenti
  2. Il sostegno al combattente Muhammad Allan; non lo lasceremo solo nella battaglia. Rifiutiamo ogni decisione che non assicuri la sua libertà e rifiutiamo ogni decisione che implichi la sua deportazione, cosa che rappresenta un’altra violazione dei diritti umani.
  3. Abbattere la legge di alimentazione forzata contro i detenuti in sciopero della fame, decisione per la loro morte e flagrante violazione dei principi dei diritti umani.
  4. La nostra immediata libertà e incondizionato rilascio, come contributo alla sconfitta della politica di detenzione amministrativa.
  5. Superare lo stallo e le divisioni interne, e unificare le forze palestinese per un’azione nazionale unitaria nelle prigioni, all’insegna di una vera unità nazionale.

Alle masse in lotta del nostro popolo. Ci troviamo di fronte ad una realtà complessa che già vede diversi detenuti minacciati con la morte e nelle mani dell’amministrazione carceraria dei servizi di intelligence. Sottollineiamo come la nostra lotta e la vostra determinazione siano complementari, che senza il vostro supporto non possiamo vincere la nostra battaglia. Senza di voi, la Palestina non raggiungerà la sua libertà, la sua indipendenza e il ritorno dei suoi figli.

Voi e la vostra lotta siete imprescindibili per la nostra battaglia, la vostra partecipazione porterà il nostro popolo alla vittoria e al raggiungimento dei suoi diritti. La vostra lotta è con noi nella nostra battaglia contro l’occupante, e la nostra lotta vincerà.

 

Munir Abu Sharar
Munir Abu Sharar

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The first six Palestinian administrative detainees to launch the collective hunger strike in Negev prison in the Naqab desert – who will be joined by new batches of detainees in the coming weeks and days – are now entering their fifth day of hunger strike. 250 Palestinians held without charge or trial in Israeli prisons have announced their intention to join the collective hunger strike against the policy of administrative detention.

The first six Palestinians to launch the strike are: Nidal Abu Aker, Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi Ma’ali, Munir Abu Sharar, Bader El-Razzah and Thabet Nassar. On Sunday, 23 August, they rejected a request from the Israeli prison administration to postpone their strike for a week, in which the prison administration would study their individual cases with the intelligence service and provide individual answers. They responded with their rejection of this offer, stressing that their goal is to end the policy of administrative detention and demand their immediate release, while on the other hand the prison administration has isolated the strikers in an attempt to pressure them and isolate them from the Palestinian people.

Nidal Abu Aker (top), Ghassan Zawahreh (right), Shadi Ma'ali (left) 
Nidal Abu Aker (top), Ghassan Zawahreh (right), Shadi Ma’ali (left)
Protest tent in solidarity with the strikers being set up at the entrance to Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem
Protest tent in solidarity with the strikers being set up at the entrance to Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem

The prisoners stated that this confirms that the occupation and its intelligence service are recognizing at an early stage the seriousness of this battle and the support the prisoners will receive.

Former prisoner Adnan Hamarsheh issued a call for unified action to support the detainees, urging the construction of a permanent sit-in tent in each area raising the Palestinian flag to support the prisoners, weekly marches and press conferences updating on the prisoners’ situation, monthly workshops on the prisoners, and the involvement of schools and univiersities at all levels in the campaign to end administrative detention.

The striking prisoners issued a statement on their struggle:

Battle of Breaking the Chains

We enter the open hunger strike strongly and collectively with our aim to bring down administrative detention. This goal is at the forefront of our demands and is a priority to raise our collective struggle as a strategic challenge to the racist, fascist law which allows our people to be detained for long periods of time – for ten years and more over multiple arrests without charges, with no right to defend themselves in a fair trial, while the “process” is a sham intended to beautify the image of the occupation and its intelligence.

We believe that our demands must focus on the basis of the problem and not just its ramifications, in that we are aiming to bring down administrative detention as a law and as a policy which at this moment is depriving 480 administrative detainees and thousands of our imprisoned people of their freedom for many years throughout the occupation of our land.

Although we have clearly identified our goals, we in no way believe that this fight is easy, indeed it is even more difficult. Enough is enough, and we know that the occupier will tighten its grip over our main demand and will use all kinds of fascist tactics in order to thwart us from achieving our goal, but we know that the masses of our people and their organizations and institutions will be the first engine to build local, Arab and international pressure to build a broader case against the occupation and the policy of administrative detention and force the occupier to give in to our demands. Although we are convinced with ourselves to fight this battle and determined to win, despite our awareness of the difficulty and the severity to come, we aim to achieve our goals and should focus all efforts in order to involve more administrative detainees in this action as well as building the Palestinian popular movement support, the Arab masses’ support, and international support, all for the purpose of achieving victory and the best results in this battle.

The liberation of each of us is a right and a requirement, but as a target by itself it does not achieve our general interests: the occupation is easily able to turn around and re-arrest any of us after a brief period of freedom under the same policy of administrative detention.

We are not individual heroes and do not claim that we alone can achieve the strategic victory to bring down this policy, but we are determined to go into this fight until the last, and we are aware that the battle is open to all possibilities, our victory or our martyrdom for the sake of a strategically important achievement. Perhaps we may achieve part of our demands; in this case we will have fought our battle with honor and dignity. We are fighting a difficult and tiring battle to destabilize the whole system of arbitrary administrative detention. This battle aims to achieve the freedom of hundreds of administrative detainees held each year under the pretext of the “secret file” and the prosecution of the Zionist security forces.

This step comes in the context of the progressive and escalating struggle since the beginning of July, with the boycott of the occupation courts, we have continued this boycott and the occupation is attempting to pressure us by renewing our administrative detention for longer periods, and we know that the occupation recognizes the importance of this action in eroding and exposing its policy. We also emphasize the importance of breaking the force-feeding law, which is a decision for execution and forces us to escalate the pace of our struggle to bring down administrative detention. Our action now is “banging on the walls of the tank” [in reference to Ghassan Kanafani’s “Men in the Sun”] and opening the path for greater participation by administrative detainees and engaging all of the energies of our people at popular and official levels, and all of our international and regional friends and supporters to achieve victory in this battle, and in the long battle to remove the occupation from our land, our sea and our people forever.

Ahmad Rimawi and his father, Ishraq, reunite in Israeli occupation prison.

Ahmad Rimawi, 20, formerly the youngest Palestinian administrative detainee held in Israeli occupation prisons, died accidentally on 18 August after falling from a water tank and hitting his head on the edge of a door at his grandparents’ home in Abwein village, reported Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Ahmad’s father, Ishraq, had been imprisoned since 15 June 2001, serving a 19 year sentence, and his family home was demolished when Ahmad was just seven years old. He knew his father only through the glass at prison visits until early 2013, when they met without the glass for the first time. In early 2014, Ahmad and Ishraq were reunited in prison, sharing a prison cell.

Ahmad Rimawi and his father, Ishraq, reunite in Israeli occupation prison.
Ahmad Rimawi and his father, Ishraq, reunite in Israeli occupation prison.

Shortly after his 18th birthday, Ahmad was arrested with two of his friends by Israeli Occupation Forces on 17 November 2012 as they travelled through a checkpoint. An administrative detention order – without charge or trial – was issued against him three days later, and was renewed five times until he was finally released in early 2015.

He was an active participant in last year’s mass hunger strike of administrative detainees – which his father joined in solidarity with his son. He was about to enter university for the fall term in early September at the time of his death.

Addameer has a full profile of Ahmad (issued while he was imprisoned): http://www.addameer.org/prisoner/ahmad-rimawi

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network mourns the loss of Ahmad Rimawi, his precious and promising life cut short by a tragic accident after so much steadfastness, struggle, and so much hardship caused by the occupation and its attacks.

250 Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in the “Negev” prison in the Naqab desert in the south of Palestine announced they will launch an open-ended hunger strike to defeat administrative detention. The statement, released on 18 August, also expressed support for their fellow administrative detainee, Muhammad Allan, 31, who just ended his 65-day hunger strike last night, 19 August, after a decision by the Israeli supreme court and severe damage to his health including brain damage; Allan is now again in a coma.

250 of the nearly 400 Palestinian administrative detainees are held in the Negev prison, among 1500 Palestinian political prisoners. Much of the Negev prison is constructed in tents, and Palestinian prisoners are suffering in a heat wave, with blazing sun and little protection from the elements.

Nidal Abu Aker, 49, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine from Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, is one of the leaders of the administrative detainees’ initiative, according to Ma’an News. The host of “In their cells,” a program about Palestinian prisoners that airs on Sawt al-Wihda radio station – the only radio station to broadcast from Dheisheh camp – he has spent 12 years in Israeli prisons, 9 years in administrative detention without charge or trial. He was most recently arrested in June 2014 and his administrative detention has been renewed four times, most recently in May.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes these brave prisoners, who are putting their bodies and lives on the line to confront the occupier and its continual assaults on Palestinian lives. We demand their immediate release, the end of administrative detention – and the liberation of all of the nearly 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners. We pledge to act to build solidarity with their struggle, and urge all around the world to organize protests, actions and events to demand the release of Palestinian political prisoners and an end to administrative detention.

The statement of the 250 administrative detainees follows:

The Battle of Breaking the Chains

To the masses of our great people, the heroes of revolution, the fiery fuel of confrontation of the Zionist occupation and the fascist colonists, to our youth, our mothers and sisters; our struggle does not relent because of your sacrifices. We greet you for Palestine.

Today we face the escalating Zionist attacks against our people in general and against the rights of our Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and massive harassment, frenzied campaigns of inspections and raids and the denial of the most basic rights of living that provide a minimum of human dignity. We face the continuation of the Palestinian division and its impact on the reality of our national movement in the prisons of the occupier. And we face the persistence of the occupier in enacting new fascist and racist laws, such as the law of death and the law of force-feeding which was recently passed, and the growing use of administrative detention. It represents a clear and explicit violation of all international conventions and human rights principles, where we are arrested for extended periods, for years continuously, at the mercy of a so-called “secret file,” where we have no right to defend ourselves. Administrative detention is a sword hanging over our necks, that eats away our flesh and blood and years of our lives without trial and without mercy.

It is used relentlessly by the enemy intelligence service and by the military courts. There have been more than 480 administrative detention orders issued, the number of administrative detainees rising to a height of 650 since just last summer. Most administrative detainees have their detention orders renewed more than once. Some have spent more than five years and others ten years in administrative detention over repeated arrests. In light of this detention, we consider ourselves to be in a continuing struggle of confrontation with the occupier.

Therefore, we have made our first step in confronting this form of arrest: boycotting the occupation courts issuing administrative detention orders, fully and finally, to reveal and expose the occupation before our people, our Arab nation and international public opinion, where the occupier attempts to legitimize its detention of us.

Through dialogue and discussion between all administrative detainees of all political forces, with the commitment of 80 detainees we began to act from the date of 1 July 2015, where we boycotted the Zionist military courts and refused to appear because they are am illegitimate sham. We were denied the right to access our lawyers, denying us the right to a defense and representation.

We view this as a step that advances the prisoners’ movement in confronting administrative detention, to stand up and play our national role in confronting the arbitrary administrative detention. Some administrative detainees have undertaken individual hunger strikes in protest of administrative detention in general and their personal detention, as is their right. Despite this, we view the collective action on a national level is more capable of creating real results to break the policy of administrative detention. However, the endangered life of Mohammad Allan since two months has confronted the occupation and its tools, and is threatened with the implementation of a decision of force-feeding. We resolve to fight against the occupation and its intelligence apparatus in the battle of empty stomachs, in order to achieve the following demands:

1. The end of the administrative detention policy against our people and their strugglers.
2. The support to the struggler Muhammad Allan; we will not leave him alone in the battle. We refuse any decision that does not provide his freedom, and we refuse any decision to deport him, which is another violation of human rights.
3. Bringing down the law of force-feeding against activists on hunger strike, as it represents a decision for their death and a flagrant violation of international human rights principles.
4. Our immediate freedom and unconditional release, as a contribution to the demolition of the policy of administrative detention.
5. To break the deadlock and internal division, and to unify the Palestinian forces for joint national action inside the prisons, culminating in true national unity.

To the struggling masses of our people, we face a complex reality that already sees a number of striking prisoners threatened with death at the hands of the prison administration and intelligence services. We cannot stand idly by and observe from afar, our will and action is united with the popular and national movement and support from the Palestinian street. We emphasize that we are with you and without your support, we cannot achieve our demands. Without you, Palestine will not enjoy its freedom, independence and the return of her children.

You and your will are great, and your participation will bring victories and the rights of our people. You are with us as we are fighting our battle in confronting the occupation, and we are inevitably victorious.

Imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan, 31, who is held in administrative detention without charge or trial and has been on hunger strike for the past 55 days, continues to be threatened with force-feeding by the Israeli military as he lays in critical condition in Soroka hospital. Take Action to demand he not be force-fed.

He is drinking only water and refuses to consume vitamins and minerals, refusing medical examinations, and is committed to continuing his hunger strike until he is released from administrative detention. He is vomiting water when drinking and suffering extreme weakness; he is being held in intensive care, with one hand and one foot shackled to his hospital bed, isolated and in the presence of three prison guards.

UN officials on Saturday condemned the threat to force-feed Allan, saying that “the right to peaceful protest is a fundamental human right…Hunger strikes are a non-violent form of protest used by individuals who have exhausted other forms of protest to highlight the seriousness of their situations.” The letter, signed by Robert Piper, UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid in Palestine; James Turpin, head of the High Commissioner for Human Rights office; and Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, head of the World Health Organization office in Palestine, strongly condemned the law and highlighted previous condemnations of force-feeding, a cruel, inhumane and degrading practice amounting to torture.

The letter also urged an end to administrative detention, noting that it is “incompatible with international human rights law and should be ended.”

The International Middle East Media Center reported that Soroka’s Medical Committee had given approval to force-feed Allan, but Physicians for Human Rights – Israel tweeted on Sunday that his doctors at the hospital refuse to force-feed him or otherwise impose treatment against his will. Israeli Channel 2 reported that a “special ER” is being constructed by the Israeli military to engage in this force-feeding practice, which amounts to torture and is prohibited by the international conventions of the World Health Organization.

Take Action: Demand freedom – not force feeding – for Muhammad Allan!

1. Sign on: Send a letter demanding Allan’s freedom, and that he not be force-fed. Israeli officials must hear the voice of the world demanding that this threat of torture be stopped, and that Allan, imprisoned without charge or trial, be freed.

2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at samidoun@samidoun.net to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS atbdsmovement.net.

Letter text – Sign on below!
To Brigadier General Dani Afroni, Military Judge Advocate General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;

I write today to call for an immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan, held without charge or trial under administrative detention. He has been on hunger strike for over 50 days.

With equal emphasis, I demand that Muhammad Allan not be subject to force-feeding. Force feeding is cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment – it is a form of torture that threatens Allan’s life. It violates international conventions and medical codes of ethics.

I also demand the end of the use of administrative detention. Like 400 other Palestinians, Allan is being held without charge or trial and under secret evidence. There is no justification for administrative detention.

The life of Muhammad Allan – and the lives of thousands of Palestinian prisoners- is precious to me and to people around the world. The eyes of the world are on these case, and the government of Israel is fully responsible for Muhammad Allan’s life. This young Palestinian lawyer must be freed, and must not be subject to the torture of force-feeding.

Allan must be released immediately and without condition, along with his fellow administrative detainees and the law allowing force-feeding immediately rescinded.

Sincerely,

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Report from the Palestine Information Center: (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) renewed the administrative detention of the patient prisoner Thaer Halahleh, 36, for six months for the third time in a row.

Halahleh was re-arrested on August 2014. Since then, he was held in administrative detention without charge or trial.
IOA have earlier refused several appeals submitted by Halahleh’s lawyer for his release.

During his detention, Halahleh suffered a liver infection as he catches Hepatitis C virus during a medical test in Ashkelon prison.

Despite being held for a whole year, Halahleh did not receive any medical care. He was instead subjected to deliberate medical negligence.

Prisoners Information Center warned of the serious health condition of Thaer Halahleh who had earlier declared a hunger strike for 78 days running protesting his repeated detention without trial or charge.

Halahleh has served more than nine years in Israeli jails during separate arrests.

Uday Isteiti suspended his hunger strike on 29 July, reported his lawyer Ashraf Abu Sneineh follwoing an agreement with the Prison Service; an agreement was signed that Isteiti will be released on 20 October 2015. Isteiti spoke with his family via telephone and informed them of the agreement.

Isteiti is currently held under administrative detention without charge or trial. His health weakened considerably in the several days prior to the agreement; he was denied a wheelchair and was unable to walk.

Muhammad Allan, a lawyer who is also held in administrative detention without charge or trial, has now been on hunger strike for 45 days. His strike is continuing amid the passage by the Knesset on 30 July of a law allowing the force-feeding of hunger strikers, a practice rejected by the Israeli Association, World Medical Association and International Committee of the Red Cross as inhumane, cruel and degrading treatment amounting to torture. Three Palestinian prisoners were killed by Israeli force feeding in the early 1980s and the new force-feeding law is clearly intended to undermine the gains and accomplishments of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement obtained through hunger strikes, the most recent being the release of Khader Adnan on 12 July.

Take Action! Demand freedom for Muhammad Allan. Sign on here:

To Brigadier General Dani Afroni, Military Judge Advocate General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;

I write today to call for an immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan, held without charge or trial under administrative detention. He has been on hunger strike for over 45 days.

I also demand the end of the use of administrative detention. Like over 400 other Palestinians, Allan is being held without charge or trial and under secret evidence.

Dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees are boycotting the military courts that produce these arbitrary sentences with no charge and no trial. I join their call to end this detention.

The life of Muhammad Allan – and the lives of thousands of Palestinian prisoners- is precious to me and to people around the world. The eyes of the world are on these case, and the government of Israel is fully responsible for the hunger strikers’ health and lives.

Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. It is a practice that is used to silence Palestinians without ever exposing the reality of such actions to the light of day – even in the rigged military court systems.

Allan must be released immediately and without condition, along with his fellow administrative detainees.

Sincerely,

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Your City

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Khader Adnan, freed Palestinian political prisoner and former long-term hunger striker, who won his release from administrative detention in 2015 and 2012 through hunger strikes, issued a video on 19 July calling for action to support fellow hunger strikers Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti.

Video (with English subtitles, originally via Quds News Network):

Like Adnan, Allan and Isteiti are imprisoned under administrative detention, held without charge or trial on the basis of Israeli military orders and secret evidence. Both have been on hunger strike for 32 days, protesting their imprisonment and demanding an end to administrative detention.

Allan, 31 and a practicing lawyer from Nablus, is being held in isolation in Ayala prison.  He has been detained since 6 November 2014. The renewal of his administrative detention without charge or trial prompted his strike. Isteiti,  from Jenin refugee camp, has been on strike for 25 days, and is held in isolation in Eshel prison, where he was moved three days ago from the Negev prison. He has been detained since 17 November 2014. Like Allan, the renewal of his detention prompted his strike.

These hunger strikes come as dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees have announced a boycott of the Israeli military courts that essentially function as a rubber-stamp, signing off on administrative detention orders on the basis of secret evidence – and as Khader Adnan has once again been victorious in his 55-day hunger strike, released on 12 July 2015 after a year of administrative detention. Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

Take action to demand freedom for Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention!

1. Send a letter/petition immediately to Israeli officials demanding the release of Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention. Make sure the international voice is heard demanding their freedom!

2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy. Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include these cases in your next event about Palestine and social justice.

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it. Learn more at bdsmovement.net.

Letter text

To Brigadier General Dani Afroni, Military Judge Advocate General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;

I write today to call for an immediate release of Palestinian hunger strikers Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, held without charge or trial under administrative detention.

I also demand the end of the use of administrative detention. Like over 400 other Palestinians, Allan and Isteiti are being held without charge or trial and under secret evidence. Allan and Isteiti have been on hunger strike for over 20 days.

Dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees are boycotting the military courts that produce these arbitrary sentences with no charge and no trial. I join their call to end this detention.

The lives of Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti – and the lives of thousands of Palestinian prisoners- are precious to me and to people around the world. The eyes of the world are on these case, and the government of Israel is fully responsible for the hunger strikers’ health and lives.

Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. It is a practice that is used to silence Palestinians without ever exposing the reality of such actions to the light of day – even in the rigged military court systems.

Allan and Isteiti must be released immediately and without condition, along with their fellow administrative detainees.

Sincerely,

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Two Palestinians held in Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial, Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, are now on hunger strike in protest of their administrative detention and demanding their release. Take action now to demand freedom for Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention.

Allan, 31 and a practicing lawyer from Nablus, is being held in isolation in Ayala prison. He was placed in isolation after 20 days of his strike. As of 12 July, he has been on hunger strike for 26 days. He has been detained since 6 November 2014. The renewal of his administrative detention without charge or trial prompted his strike.

He has lost nearly 10 kg of weight since his strike began, and is currently suffering severe stomach pain.

Isteiti, 24, from Jenin refugee camp, has been on strike for 25 days, and is held in isolation in Eshel prison, where he was moved three days ago from the Negev prison. He has been detained since 17 November 2014. Like Allan, the renewal of his detention prompted his strike.

These hunger strikes come as dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees have announced a boycott of the Israeli military courts that essentially function as a rubber-stamp, signing off on administrative detention orders on the basis of secret evidence – and as Khader Adnan has once again been victorious in his 55-day hunger strike, released on 12 July 2015 after a year of administrative detention.

Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. Its use in Palestine dates from the era of British colonization.

Take action to demand freedom for Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention!

1. Send a letter/petition immediately to Israeli officials demanding the release of Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention. Make sure the international voice is heard demanding their freedom!

2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy. Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include these cases in your next event about Palestine and social justice.

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it. Learn more at bdsmovement.net.

Letter text

To Brigadier General Dani Afroni, Military Judge Advocate General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;

I write today to call for an immediate release of Palestinian hunger strikers Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, held without charge or trial under administrative detention.

I also demand the end of the use of administrative detention. Like over 400 other Palestinians, Allan and Isteiti are being held without charge or trial and under secret evidence. Allan and Isteiti have been on hunger strike for over 20 days.

Dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees are boycotting the military courts that produce these arbitrary sentences with no charge and no trial. I join their call to end this detention.

The lives of Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti – and the lives of thousands of Palestinian prisoners- are precious to me and to people around the world. The eyes of the world are on these case, and the government of Israel is fully responsible for the hunger strikers’ health and lives.

Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. It is a practice that is used to silence Palestinians without ever exposing the reality of such actions to the light of day – even in the rigged military court systems.

Allan and Isteiti must be released immediately and without condition, along with their fellow administrative detainees.

Sincerely,

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