By | January 4, 2022


Hisham Abu Hawwash, who was detained with out cost or trial, to finish 141-day starvation strike after reaching cope with Israel to be launched on February 26.

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on starvation strike for 141 days to protest being imprisoned with out cost has agreed to finish his quick after reaching a cope with Israel to be launched subsequent month, his lawyer mentioned.

Hisham Abu Hawwash, a 40-year-old father of 5, is the most recent of a number of Palestinians to go on starvation strike to protest being held below “administrative detention”, a measure the place a prisoner is held indefinitely with out cost or trial.

Administrative detainees are arrested on “secret proof”, unaware of the accusations in opposition to them, and aren’t allowed to defend themselves in court docket.

Abu Hawwash’s lawyer, Jawad Boulos, mentioned on Tuesday that he agreed to finish the starvation strike after Israel pledged to launch him on February 26. There was no fast remark from Israeli officers.

Palestinians have rallied throughout the occupied West Financial institution and the besieged Gaza Strip in help of Abu Hawwash. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad had threatened navy motion in opposition to Israel if he died in custody.

Prisoner teams had warned that Abu Hawwash confronted “imminent hazard of dying”.

Abu Hawwash is the most recent of a number of prisoners who’ve in latest weeks refused meals and water to protest their detention. Starvation strikers are often hospitalised for extended durations till Israeli authorities comply with their launch.

Like many earlier than him, Abu Hawwash was hospitalised final month. Throughout the previous couple of days, he slipped out and in of a coma, and quickly misplaced his eyesight and his skill to talk, in response to native media experiences.

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, reporting from Ramallah, mentioned there had been “many fears” over Abu Hawwash’s life and that his spouse and lawyer had been within the hospital with him on Tuesday night.

His starvation strike was the longest since an eight-month-long starvation strike launched by freed prisoner Samer Issawi that led to 2013.

‘Risked his life’

The Palestinian Prisoners Membership mentioned Israel has just lately intensified using administrative detention, which is why there was an uptick within the variety of prisoners launching starvation strikes in a bid to fight the measure that denies people the fitting to due course of.

The group additionally mentioned that greater than 1,600 orders of administrative detention in opposition to Palestinian prisoners had been issued in 2021 alone.

Up to now, there are not less than 500 administrative detainees held throughout Israeli prisons and detention services, in response to the Addameer prisoners’ rights group.

Milena Ansari, prisoner help advocate from Addameer, welcomed the announcement that Abu Hawwash can be launched.

“This is good news,” Ansari instructed Al Jazeera from Ramallah. “[But] not being instantly launched isn’t truthful … since there is no such thing as a cost,” she mentioned.

The event comes as Palestinian detainees held with out cost introduced a boycott of Israeli navy courts.

That is to “emphasise the mockery of the trials that happen … with none fees or any truthful trial ensures,” Ansari mentioned.

Abdel Latif al-Qanou’, spokesman for Hamas – the group that governs Gaza – mentioned a “new victory” has been made by Abu Hawwash that “confirms our folks and our detainees’ skill to win each battle they wage in opposition to the occupation”.

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric welcomed the deal agreed with Abu Hawwash.

“We now have at all times made it clear that detainees have to be tried in response to authorized procedures or launched,” Dujarric mentioned.

The two.5 million Palestinians residing within the West Financial institution are topic to Israeli navy courts, whereas Jewish settlers residing in unlawful settlements and outposts are residents topic to Israel’s civilian justice system.

Israel captured the West Financial institution within the 1967 warfare, however Palestinian leaders need it to kind the principle a part of their future state.



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