Israeli Court Rejects Petition to Release Hunger-Striking Prisoner Abu Hawwash

Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash. (Photo:

An Israeli court has rejected a petition to release Hesham Abu Hawwash, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 125 days demanding an end of his administrative detention, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Jawad Bolus, an attorney of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), said that an Israeli court rejected a petition to release Abu Hawwash and to move him to a civil hospital after a serious deterioration in his health condition as a result of the hunger strike.

According to Bolus, the court ruled that the administration of the Ramla Prison was in charge of deciding whether or not to move his client to a civil hospital or keep him at the prison’s clinic.

Abu Hawwash, a father of five children, was detained on October 27 of last year and was served with three consecutive administrative detention orders, each for six months but the last one was reduced from six to four months.

He has spent a total of eight years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation, including 52 months in administrative detention before deciding to go on hunger strike to force an end to his detention without charge.

Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable periods ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is not allowed to review.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

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