On brink of starvation, activists demand release of Palestinian Maher al-Akhras

Palestine

Published: 2020-10-13 12:41

Last Updated: 2020-10-13 12:41


On brink of starvation, activists demand release of Palestinian Maher al-Akhras
On brink of starvation, activists demand release of Palestinian Maher al-Akhras

Activists Monday continued to demand the release of Palestinian Maher al-Akhras, who has been administratively detained by the Israeli occupation since late July.

Al-Akhras, a father of six from Silat a-Dhahr, has been on a hunger strike since his arrest.

He is protesting the very practice he is being held on: administrative detention.

A practice widely criticized by the international community as a violation of due process, administrative detention allows the Israeli occupation to hold Palestinians without charge. Reports say the Israeli occupation has used the practice on thousands of Palestinians throughout the occupation, sometimes holding prisoners without charge for several years.

“Administrative detention is a crime and should end. We hold Israel fully responsible for his life and call for [Al-Akhras’] immediate release,” Qadura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said last week.

Al-Akhras has been previously arrested by the Israeli occupation for alleged ties to the Islamic Jihad.

In September, the Israeli occupation’s High Court heard Al-Akhras’ case and decided to suspend his administrative detention due to his condition. While suspension is not a particularly clear tactic, it ultimately allows the state to avoid responsibility for the detainee by deactivating their current administrative detention, but not guaranteeing a permanent deactivation.

Al-Akhras, however, refused the suspension and will continue to strike until he is given complete release by the High Court.

Monday, the High Court again deferred their decision. Activists say this means the Israeli occupation is now fully responsible for Al-Akhras’ condition.

Roughly 350 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention by the Israeli occupation.