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Palestinian prisoner enters 11th day of hunger strike

March 23, 2017 6:15 P.M. (Updated: March 28, 2017 3:54 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Ali Saada, from the town of Huwwara south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, entered his 11th day of hunger strike on Thursday, in protest of being detained by Israel under administrative detention -- the widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence.

Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) lawyer Saleh Ayoub said in a statement that Saada, 41, who was detained on Feb. 16, has been been held for the last 36 days in the Jalama detention center, undergoing “daily interrogation.”

While Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has also been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of January, 536 of whom were held in administrative detention.

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