An Israeli court has rejected an appeal for the immediate release of a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for nearly 120 days in protest at his indefinite, unfair and unexplained imprisonment at the hands of the Tel Aviv regime.
The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) attorney, Jawad Boulos, said on Monday that the Israeli military appeals court has rejected a petition submitted for the release of 40-year-old Hisham Abu Hawash, who has been on hunger strike for 118 consecutive days in protest against Israel's so-called policy of administrative detention –a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, Palestine's official Wafa news agency reported.
Bolous went on to say that the military court has decided to renew the Palestinian inmate's administrative detention for four months despite his deteriorating health condition, adding that he is going to appeal the court's decision to Israel's High Court.
According to the PPS, Abu Hawash is in serious health condition after being on months-long hunger strike against his detention without charge. He is said to be unable to walk straight and is suffering from various pains all over his body, weight loss and constant vomiting.
Abu Hawash's family earlier warned that he may die any moment as a result of his prolonged hunger strike, calling for urgent action to save his life before it is too late.
Abu Hawwash is one of the four prisoners who went on extended hunger strikes against their detention without charge. The other prisoners were Kayed Fasfous, Ayyad al-Harimi, and Lo’ai al-Ashqar.
Last month, 34-year-old Fasfous and Harimi, 28, suspended their months-long strikes after Israeli authorities agreed to set them free.
Fasfous finally walked out of an Israeli jail and returned home to his family on December 5, after refusing to eat for 131 days in protest.
Facing widespread international criticism, the regime has also agreed to free several other Palestinians, who’ve been on lengthy strikes.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of them have apparently been incarcerated under the "administrative detention". Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express their outrage at the detention.
Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment and repression all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Over a dozen Palestinian lawmakers and nearly 20 journalists are also held in Israeli detention centers, several of them under the same detention policy.
In 2015, Israel approved a law that authorizes force-feeding the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, a practice rejected by the UN as a violation of human rights.
The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as many human rights group have frequently expressed serious concern about hunger strikes’ health condition and call for their immediate release.
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