WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash was on the 122nd day of his hunger strike protest on Thursday over his so-called administrative detention.
Abu Hawash, 40, is from Dura, south of Al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank. He is currently being held in solitary in a locked room inside the Ramla Prison clinic, according to the Commission of Detainees’ Affairs.
In addition to losing a considerable amount of his weight, Abu Hawash has difficulty speaking and communicating. He is also suffering from severe pain throughout his body, especially his lower limbs, and is unable to stand on his feet without support.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old Palestinian mother from the occupied West Bank has been arrested by Zionist authorities for the third time in less than two years, a prisoner advocacy group says.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said on Thursday that Shurouq al-Badan, who was abducted by Zionist troop last week from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, was slapped with a four-month “administrative detention” for her political activity against the occupying regime.
Badan, a mother of a 5-year-old baby girl, was first detained in 2019 and spent one year in administrative detention without any charge or trial. She was re-detained in September of last year and spent another six months in “administrative detention” before being released in May.
According to the PPS, at least 32 Palestinian women have currently been languishing behind bars at regime’s notorious Damon prison. They are subjected to very harsh conditions and are constantly monitored through surveillance cameras.
Meanwhile, a senior official of Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has reaffirmed that Zionist prisoners in the besieged Gaza Strip will not see the light of day until Palestinian inmates held in regime jails are released.
In a speech delivered on the 34th founding anniversary of Hamas on Thursday, Saleh al-Aruri, the deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, reiterated that a prisoner swap deal was the sole way for the Zionists to get back their prisoners.
“They will not see the light of day except through an exchange deal that guarantees the freedom of Palestinian prisoners,” the official said.
He asserted that the freedom of the Palestinian prisoners would remain a top priority and a national and humanitarian goal for his movement and its supporters.
Hamas managed to free more than a thousand Palestinian detainees from Zionist regime jails in the Wafaa al-Aharar (“True Promise of Free Men”) prisoner swap deal with the occupying regime in 2011.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in the regime jails.