London (The Inside Palestine)- Several pro-Palestine advocates demonstrated yesterday outside Israeli occupation’s embassy in London in support of 5-hunger-striking Palestinian detainees held inside Israeli jails, shedding light on their suffering.
The advocates protested yesterday outside Israeli embassy in London in a bid to raise the hunger-striking Palestinian detainees voice, as their health condition has been deteriorating severely.
The five Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails have started an open-ended hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial and to gain their freedom.
During the protest, the advocates chanted the names of the five hunger-striking detainees and the number of days in which they have been on hunger strike.
“When the Palestinians are in prison [Israeli prisons], they suffer incredibly bad treatment: 80% of them are beaten; they are abused; they are tortured, their families are threatened,” said one of the activists.
Sarah Wilkinson, one of the most vocal critics of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, was among the protesters.
“We are here because 5 innocent men are being held under what the Israeli regime calls administrative detention. It is indefinite internment,” Wilkinson chanted in the protest.
“It is a prison without trial. It is a jail without a lawyer. It is a jail without charges, without crime. The only reason these Palestinians are in prison is because they are Palestinians.”
The protesters were also chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
Despite health deterioration, the five hunger-striking detainees continue their hunger strike, insisting to gain freedom.
They have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, irregular heart beats and serious decline in body fluids and vitamins.
The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 124 days. He has lost over 40 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body. He occasionally loses consciousness, and he suffers from tachycardia, pains in his chest, and low blood pressure.
The family of Fasfous said that doctors told him that he is close to sudden death and that they noticed signs indicating the formation of blood clots.
The 5 hunger-striking detainees are:
•Kayed Fasfous (124 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (100 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (91 days of hunger strike)
•Ayyad Harimi (54 days of hunger strike)
•Loay Alashqar (35 days of hunger strike)
Over 45 Palestinian detainees started hunger strike since the start of 2021, in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.
Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.
‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.
Thus, the hunger strike is a method of a non-violent resistance which the prisoners use to protect their lives and their fundamental rights and a response to the occupation racist policies which they face in the prisons.