As solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers grows, the National Council for the Support of Prisoners in Israeli Prisons organised a demonstration on Monday in support of Hana Al-Shalabi, who is now on the 33rd day of her hunger strike. Miss Al-Shalabi has been joined in her protest against Israel’s arbitrary administrative detention of Palestinians by the 75 year-old deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ahmed al-Haj Ali. He is now on his sixth day of a hunger strike.
The solidarity demonstration against administrative detention was held in front of the UN offices in the northern West Bank. Protestors who came out in support of the prisoners confirmed the need to support the hunger strikers in their fight for freedom, and expressed disgust at the silence of the international community and human rights organisations. They also condemned the general silence that surrounds the issue of the courageous prisoners being held inside Israeli prisons.
It is worth noting that several administrative detainees inside Israeli prisons, including Ahmed Nebhaan Suqer, the longest-serving at nearly 6 years in detention without trial, have taken part in hunger strikes in solidarity with Al-Shalabi. Administrative prisoners reject the basis of their detention by the Israeli Authorities, which occurs without trial or prosecution by the courts or, in some cases, without any charges at all.