JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court docket has rejected an enchantment to launch a Palestinian detainee who has been on a starvation strike for a number of months to protest his detention with out cost.
Khalil Awawdeh, 40, is protesting being jailed with out cost or trial below what Israel refers to as administrative detention. His household says he has been on a starvation strike for 170 days, subsisting solely on water. A photograph of Awawdeh taken by his lawyer on Saturday reveals him showing frail and mendacity in a hospital mattress.
The courtroom on Sunday rejected an enchantment by the lawyer, Ahlam Haddad, calling for Awawdeh’s instant launch on account of his failing medical situation.
The Israeli army arrested Awawdeh in December 2021, claiming he was an operative for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group — an allegation that his lawyer has dismissed.
Awawdeh is one among a number of Palestinian prisoners who’ve gone on extended starvation strikes over the previous years to protest Israel’s coverage of administrative detention.
Israel says the coverage helps preserve harmful militants off the streets and permits the federal government to carry suspects with out divulging delicate intelligence. Critics say it denies prisoners due course of and is aimed toward quashing opposition to Israel’s 55-year occupation of territories the Palestinians look for a future state.
Israel is at present holding some 4,400 Palestinian prisoners, together with militants who’ve carried out lethal assaults, in addition to individuals arrested at protests or for throwing stones. Round 670 Palestinians are at present being held in administrative detention, a quantity that jumped in March as Israel started near-nightly arrest raids within the occupied West Financial institution following a spate of lethal assaults in opposition to Israelis.
Awawdeh’s household says he has not eaten meals since March, when he started his starvation strike. Final week, Haddad mentioned her consumer’s situation was deteriorating and filed the petition to the nation’s Supreme Court docket after an Israeli army courtroom rejected a request for his launch.
In mild of Awawdeh’s situation, the Israeli army has suspended his administrative detention whereas he’s hospitalized, permitting household to go to him.
The courtroom mentioned in its ruling on Sunday that after inspecting the labeled safety details about Awawdeh, there was “strong and robust justification for the choice of administrative detention” and mentioned it hoped that the suspension of the detention would “inspire him to simply accept the choice to finish the starvation strike.”