30 Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike to protest

30 Palestinian Arabs held in Israeli prisons have gone on a hunger strike to protest the practice of administrative detention, which allows Palestinians to be held for long periods of time without being charged.

The decision on administrative arrest is made by the Minister of Defense on the basis of classified materials, to which the prisoner’s lawyers do not have access. The term of the preventive measure is six months, but it can be repeatedly extended.

The practice draws sharp criticism from Palestinians and pro-Palestinian human rights organizations. Israeli officials say this is an emergency measure to prevent terrorist attacks.

By Editor

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