6 Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails

June 13, 2021

Al-Qassam Website

Six  Palestinian detainees continue their open hunger strike in a protest against the illegal administrative detention in Israeli occupation jails.

the detainees on hunger strike were identified as Sheikh Jamal Al-Taweel, Al-Ghadanfer Abu Atwan, Sheikh Khader Adnan, Amro Al-Shami, Yousef Al-Amer and Mohammed Masalmah. 

The hunger strike is a method of non-violent resistance in which participants fast as an act of protest, usually with the objective to achieve a specific goal, such as lifting the illegal administrative detention in which prisoners are sent to jails for 6 months without charge or trial. 

Palestinian prisoners have engaged in mass hunger strikes since 1968, after the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Since 1967, 72 Palestinian prisoners have died as a result of torture by Israeli jailers, according to Jerusalem-based prisoners’ rights group Addameer. 

Several Palestinian administrative detainees have also gone on individual hunger strikes and have managed to pressure the Israeli occupation into releasing them, although some have been rearrested.

From the 1980s onwards, Israeli prison authorities resorted to force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike using a nasal tube, which resulted in the death of several Palestinians.