WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Palestinian prisoners inside Zionist jails continue their protests against the occupying regime’s prison service and reject new systematic restrictions imposed on them, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) reported.
On 5 February, the Palestinian prisoners started their action against the new restrictions imposed by the Zionists that started after six Palestinian prisoners escaped from a high security jail in September.
The Palestinian prisoners started disobeying prison rules, including daily security checks and staged sit-ins in the prison yards.
Immediately following the introduction of the new restrictions in September, the prisoners formed a High Follow-up Committee that consists of prisoners from all factions and it has been representing them.
According to reports, the detainees will launch a hunger-strike on 25 March if the Zionist regime does not respond to their demands.
Nearly 450 Palestinian detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings since the beginning of the year, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported on Sunday.
The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the so-called administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the occupying regime’s ‘supreme court.’
Under the banner, “Our decision is freedom… no to administrative detention,” hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have so far registered their protest against the controversial policy by refusing to show up for their military court hearings since January. Palestinian detainees say their move is a continuation of longstanding efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention practiced against our people by the occupying forces.”
In recent days, Palestinian detainees with chronic diseases in the Israeli prison of Ofer have been boycotting the prison clinics in protest against their unfair detention.
The detainees have already described the courts as a “barbaric, racist tool that has consumed hundreds of years from the lives of our people under the banner of administrative detention, through nominal and fictitious courts – the results of which are predetermined by the military commander of the region.”
There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held at the regime’s jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the administrative detention.