Israel’s Supreme Court rejects appeal against removing hunger strike law

September 11, 2016 8:59 pm

Palestinians cover a Red Cross vehicle with posters as they demonstrate in front of the Red Cross headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah in support of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails on August 24, 2016. (AFP)

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued force-feeding of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners being held in administrative detention.
The Israel Medical Association had made an appeal to the court over the legislation which was initially passed in July last year, after doctors complained of political pressure.
On Sunday, the court ruled that the legislation is legal “under Israeli law and international law.”    

Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Balboul flashes a V-sign while resting on a bed at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, on September 7, 2016.

A large number of Palestinian prisoners, being held under Israel’s controversial administrative detention law, have been staging hunger strikes.

Palestinian hunger striking prisoner Bilal Kayed’s mother (C) demonstrates in support of her son outside the hospital where he is being held in Ashkelon on August 9, 2016. (AFP)

According to the policy, Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge for renewable six-month periods.
There are reportedly more than 7,500 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Some 700 of these inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of the administrative detention. Some Palestinian prisoners have been held under the administrative detention for up to eleven years.
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