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Jerusalem, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – Four Palestinian and Israeli Basic Freedom Associations said today, Wednesday, that Maher Al-Akhras, on his 86th day of the hunger strike in protest against his organizational detention, is at risk of death.

A volunteer specialist at Physicians for Human Rights in Israel (PHRI) visited Al-Akhras on Friday and observed that despite the fact that he is generally clear, he is intermittently confused, and very ecstatic, and is unable to move his legs, stand, or change position in the bed. His eyesight and hearing deteriorate quickly and he complains of serious chest pains. The four unions said, as evidenced by the Global Clinical Agreement on Hunger Strikes, al-Akhras could die at any moment.

Al-Akhras has been on hunger strike since July 27, 2020 following his regulatory restriction. He spoke to the Israeli Supreme Court asking for his extradition, but the court chose not to forgo his official detention – leaving that option to the security gathering. Instead, the court discontinued his administrative detention, regardless of his vulnerable circumstances, which could lead to his death. At the same time, al-Akhras is prevented from leaving the Kaplan emergency clinic in Israel, where he is being held until now, and as such, he is under captivity. These court choices were based on imprecise interpretations of a video clip of prisoner “Maher Al-Akhras”.



Al-Akhras has conveyed her doubts about Kaplan’s clinical group, as often happens on hunger strikes. He refuses any treatment or clinical tests. He stressed that in the event of his death, he would not wish to obtain any medical intercession. It should be noted that current legislation in Israel allows clinical workers to forcibly take care of an individual on hunger strike, which is an unacceptable position according to clinical ethics, and as indicated in international law, may increase the suffering.

The Al-Akhras case illustrates the continued and excessive use of organizational detention in Israel: a technique that allows the Israeli military official to detain prisoners in an uncertain manner based on vague statements without revealing the charges against them or bringing them to investigation. Courts that investigate official detention orders rely on data provided to the court unilaterally by the security services, and Palestinian prisoners are regularly imprisoned for a very long and even prolonged period without formal or preliminary charges.

Israel has so far held more than 300 Palestinians in organizational detention, contrary to the Geneva Convention, which explicitly requires that this training be used in excellent conditions and subject to strict procedural safeguards. In 2016, the United Nations Committee Against Torture proposed to Israel “to take important measures to end the act of organizational detention and to ensure that all persons currently held in administrative detention are subject to the administration of all basic legal shields



We call on the global network to express its grave concern and turn to Israel to stop the continuous and meticulous infringement on the basic freedoms of Palestinian detainees .

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