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Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras in extreme danger as he enters 77th day of hunger strike

Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails Maher al-Akhras enters today his 77th day of hunger strike in protest of his detention without a charge or trial, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

The PPS said al-Akhras was facing greater health hazards after several cases of coronavirus were discovered at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, where he is being hospitalized for a severe deterioration in his health as a result of his 77-day hunger strike.

According to the Society, al-Akhras’s lawyer has filed a request to the Supreme Israeli Court demanding his client’s immediate release, after several other requests by the lawyer were rejected by the court over the past few weeks.

Al-Akhras, 49, began his hunger strike after he was arrested and placed in administrative detention in late July. Administrative detention is an Israeli policy that allows it to detain Palestinians without filing charges, sometimes for months at a time with multiple extensions.

The PPS said earlier this month that an Israeli offer to freeze al-Akhras’ detention instead of cancelling it was an act of deception and constituted an attempt to end his hunger strike without allowing him go immediately.

There are about 350 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons under the so-called administration detention, a policy which allows the Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians without filing a charge against them or allowing them to stand trial.

Human rights groups say administrative detention violates the right to due process, since evidence is withheld from the prisoner while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried or convicted.

Source: Days of Palestine

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