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Palestinian administrative detainees continue boycott of Israel courts

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Nablus, West Bank on May 25, 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian protester during a demonstration in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in West Bank on 25 May 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian prisoners being held under administrative detention inside Israeli jails are continuing their boycott of Israeli courts for the 19th day, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The prisoners started their strike in protest against their illegal detention, as well as due to the increase use of administrative detention orders.

In a previous statement, Quds Press reported the prisoners saying that boycotting the courts is the cornerstone of their efforts to face the “oppressive” Israeli policies.

“This is a prelude for a full boycott of all Israeli courts,” the statement said, calling for highlighting the issue of administrative detentions at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“The Israeli judicial system is always trying to beautify the face of the occupation, which continues turning Palestinian prisoners to arbitrary administrative detainees,” the statement said, stressing that all the Israeli courts, including the High Court, adopt the recommendations of the Israeli intelligence agencies.

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There are currently about 500 Palestinian prisoners being held under administrative detention, rights groups have said.

Meanwhile, prisoner Amer Asaad, 35, has been on hunger strike for 19 consecutive days, in protest against the bad conditions of his detention.

The 35-year-old, who is from Kafr Kanna in Israel, was detained in 2012 and sentenced to six and a half years in jail. He has been held in the Ramleh prison and is due to be released in June.

He said the conditions in which he has been detained do not take in to consideration his disability or provide him with suitable toilet facilities. Prison authorities, he said, refuse to move him to the only prison section which has doors which are wide enough for his wheelchair.

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