Palestinian Activist Finally To Be Released From Jail

He will be released from an Israeli hospital in the “coming hours” and transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority is headquartered.

Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, a 28-year old Palestinian activist, who was on a hunger strike for more than  60 days, will be released from Israeli prison.

Amjad al-Najjar, a spokesman for the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said Ghadanfar will be released from an Israeli hospital in the “coming hours” and transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority is headquartered.

Ghadanfar was held in Israeli prison without charges. Under the administrative detention policy, Israel has the right to detain suspects with a possibility of renewals without trials.

Ghadanfar got detained in October 2020 with illegal extensions. Hence, he started his hunger strike to pressure the Israeli occupiers to halt their illegal detention campaigns.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, an advocacy group that defends the rights of Palestinian Prisoners, said Ghadanfar was exposed to unprecedented danger. He was abused and sprayed with substances that made it hard for him to breathe.

From a medical perspective, he is in critical condition after more than 67 days of a hunger strike. We are concerned about potentially irreversible health consequences

“ICRC doctors have been visiting Mr. Ghadanfar Abu Atwan and closely monitoring his situation”, said the head of ICRC’s health department in Israel and the occupied territories, Yves Giebens.

From a medical perspective, he is in critical condition after more than 67 days of a hunger strike. We are concerned about potentially irreversible health consequences, Giebens added. 

Under international law, states have the right to limited use of administrative detention. Article 9(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognizes the right of an individual who is arrested to “be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him.”

Furthermore, Article 9 (1), stresses that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention” and also that “No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.”

Israel is ramping up its efforts to thwart the Palestinian uprising, yet the international community is silent. Now with Bennet succeeding in forming a coalition government, the Israeli detention campaigns are expected to increase. The fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will not halt Israeli provocative actions in the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Despite being described as the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel has committed crimes against humanity. There have been calls to strip Israel from the list of the top free countries.

Israel continues to breach international law, especially resolution 242, which demands Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967.

The United Nations and the European Union have condemned Israeli ill-treatment of Palestinians. However, no real change has happened on the ground. Israel will keep terrorizing the Palestinians to abort the Intifada.

The so-called democratic states that supposedly promote democracy and human rights, should be obliged to help the underprivileged Palestinians.

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