Palestinian prisoners end their hunger strike to deal with Israel

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for more than 140 days to protest his acquittal will end his fast after reaching an agreement with Israel and be released next month

JERUSALEM – A Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for more than 140 days in protest against being imprisoned without charge agreed on Tuesday to end the fast after reaching an agreement with Israel, his lawyer said, his lawyer said.

Hisham Abu Hawash, a 40-year-old father of five children and a member of the Islamic Jihad, was among the Palestinians detained in “administrative detention” on hunger strikes recently The latest person in Israel to call a controversial measure is a security need.

His lawyer Jawad Boulos said that after Israel promised to release him on February 26, he agreed to end the hunger strike. Israeli officials did not immediately comment.

Palestinians held protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza in support of Abu Hawash, and the Islamic Jihad threatened to take military action against Israel if he died while in custody.

The 2.5 million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank are under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts, and the Jewish settlers living in the territory are citizens under the jurisdiction of Israel’s civil justice system. Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, and the Palestinians wanted it to become a major part of their future country.

Under administrative detention, which is rarely used against Jews, suspects can be held for months or years without being charged or seeing evidence against them. Israel believes that the Islamic Jihad, which has killed dozens of Israelis, is a terrorist organization.

Israel says it needs to take this measure to thwart the attack and detain dangerous militants without revealing the source of sensitive intelligence. Israel and international human rights organizations have stated that this practice deprives individuals of the right to due process.