In the square of Nablus activists have erected a tent in solidarity with the 195 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli Apartheid Occupation prisons. SFP activists along with local prisoner rights groups have been keeping a constant presence at the tent and organising activities to promote awareness and support for the hunger striking prisoners.
On 24 April a mass hunger strike was launched by Palestinian prisoners held under what is known as “administrative detention”. This is when Palestinians are held with no charge for up to 6 months before they are required to appear before a Judge. These orders can then be renewed indefinitely and regularly cite secret evidence that they and their lawyers have no access to.
According to Addameer (the Palestinian NGO supporting prisoners and human rights):
The strike is currently taking place in Ofer, Megiddo and the Naqab Prisons and there are plans to escalate the strike should the striking detainee’s demands not be met. The general demand of the hunger strikers is an end to the use of administrative detention. The hunger strikers are also specifically demanding that extensions to administrative detention orders are limited to one extension only.As of 1 March 2014 there were 183 Palestinians being held without charge or trial under administrative detention, including 9 Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members. This number has been steadily increasing over the last year. In 2014 alone, Israel has used administrative detention against 142 detainees, including renewing existing orders and issuing new orders.