Palestinian hunger strike will appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court | News of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh went on a 165-day hunger strike against his detention without charge or trial.

His lawyer says Palestinian prisoner and hunger strike Khalil Awawdeh will appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court against his detention after an Israeli military court rejected an appeal to release him. for health reasons.

Awawdeh – who his family says has been on a hunger strike for 165 days – is protesting against detention or a free trial under what Israel calls administrative detention.

Lawyer Ahlam Haddad said her client health is declining and they asked him to be released.

“Justice was not done with that man,” Haddad said of Judgment of the Israeli military court.

“We went to… the High Court in Jerusalem, so that we could get a request for relief, which is his release from administrative custody.”

Awawdeh, a 40-year-old father, is one of several Palestinian prisoners who have gone on a hunger strike for years to protest administrative detention.

Israel says the policy helps deter threats on the street and allows the Israeli government to hold suspects without disclosing sensitive intelligence.

Critics argue that the policy is due to disqualify Palestinian prisoners.

Israel said Awawdeh was a member of an armed group, a charge he has vehemently denied through his lawyer.

Palestinian fighters from Islamic Jihad demand Awawdeh’s release as part of Egypt-brokered ceasefire ends three days of attack on the Gaza Strip besieged by Israeli troops earlier this month. The group did not identify him as a member.

Israel currently holds about 4,450 Palestinian prisoners.

Some 670 Palestinians are currently in administrative detention, a number that spiked in March when Israel began nightly arrest raids in the occupied West Bank.

Of the thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, 175 are children and 27 are women, according to the latest figures released by prisoner rights group Addameer.

Haddad said her client did not eat during the hunger strike, except for a 10-day period during which he was given vitamins, according to his family.

Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency has not yet commented on his case.

Israel says administrative detention provides due process and largely punishes those who threaten its security, although a small number of prisoners are held for petty crimes.

Palestinians and human rights groups say the system is designed to quell opposition to Israel’s 55-year military occupation of their land and shows no sign of ending.

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