Israeli court rejects appeal for release of hunger striker prisoner – Middle East Monitor

An Israeli occupation court yesterday rejected an appeal filed for the release of prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who has been on a hunger strike for 157 days, his lawyer said.

Awawdeh, his lawyer said, went on a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention – being imprisoned without charge or trial.

The chairman of the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Qadri Abu-Baker, held the Israeli occupation and the prison administration fully responsible for Awawdeh’s deteriorating health.

Dr. Lina Qasem-Hassan of Physicians for Human Rights Israel visited him on Thursday at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center where he was transferred after his condition worsened.

She said he weighed 42 kilograms, was handcuffed to a bed and surrounded by guards.

“He suffers from severe neurological symptoms and cognitive impairment, which may be irreversible,” the rights group said in a statement. “His life is in immediate danger.”

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Awawdeh could no longer recognize his wife, Dalal, who had visited him a few days ago. Now he needs a wheelchair and help getting around.

Awawdeh resumed his 111-day hunger strike on July 2, after suspending it for a week. The occupation authorities had promised to release him, but they broke their promise and issued a new administrative detention order against him for four months. Forcing him to protest once more.

The father-of-four was arrested on December 27, 2021 and placed in administrative detention – a policy that allows Israeli authorities to detain Palestinians for a renewable period of six months without charge or trial.

The Times of Israel says that Israel currently holds some 4,400 Palestinian prisoners. Around 670 of them are in administrative detention.

“Israel’s use of administrative detention flagrantly violates the restrictions of international law. Israel applies it in a highly confidential manner that deprives detainees of the opportunity to mount an appropriate defence,” the Israeli group said. defense of human rights B’Tselem.

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