Palestinians protest for release of hunger strike detainee

Demonstrators shouted slogans against Israel's administrative detention policy and called for the release of the detainee, Raed Moussa, who has been on a hunger strike for 44 days

Palestinians protest for release of hunger strike detainee

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tens of Palestinians demonstrated outside Israeli Ofer prison in western Ramallah on Sunday to denounce the ongoing "administrative" detention of a Palestinian who has been on a hunger strike for 44 days.

Demonstrators shouted slogans against Israel's administrative detention policy and called for the release of the detainee, Raed Moussa, along with other ailing prisoners.

The protest was organized by the Palestinian Prisoners' Society, an NGO that advocates for the rights of Palestinian detainees held by Israel.

Israel's policy of "administrative detention" allows it to hold Palestinian prisoners indefinitely without trial or charge. Administrative detention orders can range from one to six months in length and can be extended by Israeli military courts by up to five years.

"Raed is asking to be released or to be charged so that he would be taken to court," Adnan Moussa, a relative of the detainee, told Anadolu Agency, adding that he was detained without charge.

"Raed has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 44 days and is suffering considerable pain due to his deteriorating heath, which puts his life at risk," Adnan said, calling on rights organizations to urgently intervene to save his life.

Raed, 35, was arrested on November 29 of last year and referred to administrative detention.

A member of the Palestinian Fatah movement, Raed has been detained by Israel several times, spending a total of seven years of his life in Israeli jails.

Israel has over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, 500 of which are held under administrative detention, according to the Palestinian society. 

 

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