Palestinian Authority: A decision to freeze the administrative detention of a striker for 132 days

Yesterday, Sunday, Israel decided to freeze the administrative detention order for a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike in its prisons for 132 days, according to a Palestinian committee concerned with prisoners’ affairs.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club (non-governmental) said – in a statement seen by Anatolia – that “the occupation issued a decision to freeze the administrative detention order against the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, who has been on hunger strike for 132 days.”

The statement quoted the prisoner’s club’s lawyer, Jawad Boulos, as saying that Abu Hawash is languishing in the Israeli “Asaf Harofeh” hospital (center).

For her part, the director of media at the Prisoner Club, Amani Farahna, explained to Anatolia that “the freezing decision does not mean canceling the administrative detention, but it does mean releasing the responsibility of the occupation prisons administration, and the Israeli intelligence (Shin Bet), from the fate and life of the detainee.”

She added that according to the freezing decision, he is transferred to an “unofficial detainee” in the hospital, provided that he remains under the guard of hospital security, instead of the guards, and his family cannot transfer him anywhere, although they can visit him as any patient according to the hospital’s laws.

Farahneh confirmed that “the freezing decision will not prompt Abu Hawash to suspend his hunger strike.”

Earlier on Sunday, the Prisoners’ Club said that the occupation prisons administration transferred Abu Hawash from Ramleh prison, where he is in critical health condition to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, noting that he “recently lost his ability to move, and suffers from great difficulty in speaking.”

And the prisoner Abu Hawash, a father of five children, and a former prisoner who spent a total of 8 years in prisons, and was arrested on October 27, 2020, and demands the end of his administrative detention imposed since that date.

Administrative detention is a decision to imprison by an Israeli military order, for a period of up to 6 months, subject to extension, on the grounds of a security threat, without trial or indictment.

The deterioration of Abu Hawash’s health condition comes in light of warnings from Palestinian forces and parties and armed factions in the Gaza Strip, issued in recent days, that the situation will return to escalation in the event that violations against prisoners continue.

In total, Israel holds 4,550 Palestinians in its prisons, about 170 minors, and about 500 administrative detainees, according to Palestinian authorities.

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