Prisoner Al-Akhras still detained despite life-threatening hunger strike 

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Prisoner Maher Al-Akhras (49) from Silat Al-Dhaher town south of Jenin, continues his open-ended hunger strike for the 88th consecutive day in the “Kaplan” Israeli hospital as his health deteriorates, in protest against his administrative detention.

On Thursday morning, the Undersecretary of the Prisoners and Ex-prisoners’ Affairs Commission, Abdel Qader Al-Khatib, pointed to the seriousness of the health condition of the prisoner, and its deterioration day after day, holding the occupation government fully responsible for his life.

According to WAFA news agency, a Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) volunteer doctor visited al-Akhras on Friday, and noted that although he is generally lucid, he is also periodically confused, very dizzy, cannot move his legs, stand, or change position in bed. His vision and hearing are rapidly deteriorating and he complains of severe chest pains. According to international medical consensus on hunger strikes, al-Akhras may die any day, said the four organizations.

Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. According to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli army is authorized to issue administrative detention orders against Palestinian civilians on the basis of article 285 of Military Order 1651. This article empowers military commanders to detain an individual for up to six-month renewable periods if they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security requires the detention”. No definition of “security of the area” or “public security” is given. On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed; there is no explicit limit to the maximum amount of time an individual may be administratively detained, leaving room for indefinite legal detention.
Israel currently holds 350 Palestinian administrative detainees.