Hawzah News Agency (Occupied Palestine) - it said Mahmoud Ayyad, Islam Jawarish and Thaer al-Helou from the Bethlehem district, and Issa Awad and Nadim Rjoub, from the Hebron area, began an open hunger strike as of Friday. It said the Israel Prisons Service immediately took action against them and moved them to isolated cells.
The commission said that after starting a boycott of Israeli court on February 15, the prisoners decided to escalate their struggle against their administrative detention and begin a hunger strike, which the commission said was a natural development following stalling and disregard by the Israeli prison intelligence officials at Ofer military camp and prison near Ramallah, who failed to keep a promise to reconsider the administrative detention issue and discuss it with the representatives of the prisoners in a broad session.
The commission said the prisoners’ representatives plan to escalate their struggle in the coming weeks by increasing the number of hunger strikers as well as stop taking medicine and boycott the prison clinics.
More than 400 Palestinians are held in administrative detention, including lawmakers. It is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.