Palestinian detainee Ra’ed Rayyan remains on hunger strike for 82 days in a row today demanding an end of his detention without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities, according to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission.
Hasan Abed Rabbo, a spokesman for the Commission, told Palestine-based WAFA that Rayyan, who’s currently held in the infamous Ramla Prison Hospital, is suffering from a severe loss of weight, lack vitamins and proteins, dizziness, frequent vomiting and pains all over his body, adding that his health condition is worsening with time.
On Thursday, the Israeli occupation authorities reneged on a promise not to renew the administrative detention of Khalil Awawda, 40, another Palestinian detainee who had been on hunger strike for 111 days.
Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals usually ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Currently, Israel is holding over 500 Palestinians in administrative detention, deemed illegal by international law, most of them former prisoners who spent years in prison for their resistance of the Israeli occupation.
Amnesty International, has described Israel’s administrative detention policy as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”
On a different subject, local reports said the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reaffirmed President Mahmoud Abbas as Chairman and President of the State of Palestine and the PLO Executive Committee.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said in its main headline that the Central Committee of Fatah Movement convened last night in Ramallah, chaired by President Mahmoud Abbas, and affirmed that “our people will not stand idly by in the face of the Israeli occupation’s crimes that have crossed all red lines.”