1. I am against excessive use of arbitrary administrative detention.
The official public explanation of the use of administrative detention – the practice of arresting and holding persons without trial or informing them of what crimes they are suspected – is that doing so in open court could reveal sensitive intelligence collection methods and the identities of informants. Administrative detentions are usually secret orders for six-month periods of incarceration, which can be renewed indefinitely. In some cases, prisoners have been held without charge or trial for several years. (source:972 magazine)
330 Palestinians are being held in administrative detention with no formal charges having been brought against them in a court of law. 28 elected members of the parliament, and three former ministers fall within this category.
Israel is currently holding all these Palestinian prisoners far away from their homes, and outside of the occupied territory.
This constitutes a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
Article 76 of the Convention states:
"Protected persons accused of offences shall be detained in the occupied country,
and if convicted they shall serve their sentences therein."
Article 49 also states:
"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."
Article 32 specifically prohibits "murder, torture, corporal punishments, mutilation and … any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents".
Since 1967, 202 Palestinians prisoners have died while being tortured in Israeli jails.
Israel routinely tries Palestinians before military courts, none of which meet the most basic standards of international law; particularly the laws relating to the treatment of prisoners of war and people under occupation.
2.Hahlaleh and Diab are among those subjected to 'administrative detention' –
internment by any other name.
The pair are alleged to be members of Islamic Jihad, a banned organisation behind many of the thousands of rockets fired at Israel in recent years from the other section of the Palestinian territories, the Gaza Strip.
Both men deny the claim, and no evidence has ever been produced and tested in court.
According to Shireen Hahlaleh, her husband has been held under administrative detention for more than six years in total.
3. I've read the demands of the hunger striking prisoners & I find them totally legit.
4. The Massive Palestinian Hunger Strike: Traveling below the Western Radar/ Richard Falk
Thomas Friedman, has for years been preaching nonviolence to the Palestinians, implying that Israel as a democratic country with a strong moral sensitivity that would yield in the face of such a principled challenge. Yet when something as remarkable as this massive expression of a Palestinian commitment to nonviolent resistance in the form of this open-ended hunger strike, dubbed ‘the war of empty stomachs’, takes place, Friedman along with his liberal brothers is stony silent, and the news sections of the newspaper of the New York Times are unable to find even an inch of space to report on these dramatic protests against Israel’s use of administrative detention and abusive treatment during arrest, interrogation, and imprisonment.
5. The Palestine liberation struggle is the struggle of the Palestinian people. I can support but not meddle.
The Palestinian people chose to stand in solidarity with the hunger striking detainees. I choose to follow them.