|Local Palestine activists are calling for a solidarity demonstration in Birmingham to express support for the historic struggle taking place inside Israeli jails.Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails have embarked on a historic hunger strike to demand fair treatment and an end to administrative detention by the Israeli authorities.
Israel uses this policy to detain Palestinians without charge of trial, which has been described as “a violation of the principles and standards of due process and fair trial practiced in all democracies. This is what you teach young lawyers. Israel ignores this. It brings administrative detention orders to a military court that follow military law. The evidence is secret. The court rubber-stamps the order. It is arbitrary detention” says Shawan Jabarin, recently-appointed commissioner to the International Commission of Jurists.
A Palestinian rights organization profiled Sunday eight political prisoners from the occupied West Bank currently on hunger strike.
Six of the hunger strikers are protesting Israeli administrative detention orders against them. Prisoner support group Addameer provided information about the hunger strikers in a 10 March statement.
Samer al-Barq, 38 years old, from the town of Jayyous near Qalqilia started an open hunger strike on 27 February to protest the 24 February renewal of a three-month administrative detention order. This is al-Barq’s third hunger strike in the past two years.
Ayman Sharawna, 36 years old, from Dura, near Hebron had been released in the October 2011 prisoner exchange deal. Sharawna started his hunger strike on 1 July 2012 to protest being rearrested by Israel under Article 186 of Military Order 1651, which allows a special military commission to “cancel the early release.”
Samer al-Issawi, 33 years old, from Issawiya, Jerusalem was also released as part of the October 2011 prisoner exchange deal. Following his rearrest on 7 July 2012, Issawi has been on intermittent hunger strike for over 200 days to protest his arbitrary rearrest.
Younis al-Hroub, 31 years old, from Hebron has been on hunger strike for 22 days to protest his administrative detention.
Zakariyah al-Heeh, 26 years old, from Hebron has been detained since 26 November 2012. He has been on hunger strike for 14 days.
Ibrahim Al-Sheikh Khalil from Jericho has been on hunger strike for 12 days since he announced his strike on 27 February 2013 to protest his administrative detention. He is currently in Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank.
Hazem Al-Tawil from Al-Khalil was detained on 19 February 2013 and went on hunger strike the following day to protest his administrative detention. He is on hunger strike for 19 days and is held in Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank.
We will gather to call for solidarity with those hunger-striking inside Israeli prisons, and to support the call for Palestinian rights that these prisoners are bravely fighting for, against the racist Israeli colonisation of their land and people.
For more information on the situation with the hunger strike and Palestinian rights, please visit www.addameer.org
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