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500 administrative detainees to begin hunger strike

Israeli forces detain a Palestinian man during protests against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 16 December 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Hundreds of administrative detainees being held by Israeli occupation forces are to begin a hunger strike next week, the head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs has revealed.

    • Administrative detention is the arrest and detention of individuals by the state without charge or trial. It is applicable on a renewable six month term.

In a statement to the Voice of Palestine radio station, Issa Qaraqe said that 500 administrative prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial. They have already undertaken a boycott of the occupation's prisons, he explained, as a result of the injustice they are facing.

Qaraqe expects the occupation authorities to exercise unprecedented repression and isolation to end the strike, and was the case last year when thousands of prisoners joined a hunger strike called for by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti.

READ: Israel issued 128 administrative detention orders in 2018

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