On Monday, June 27. 2022, the Palestinian administrative detainees decided to freeze their open hunger strike until September 2022.
The decision came after the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) agreed to meet a number of the prisoners’ demands, including restricting the number of administrative prisoners, restricting placing children and women under administrative detention, releasing elderly and sick prisoners held in administrative detention.
The prisoners decided to freeze the strike plan to test the IPS’ commitment to the agreement, while they will continue boycotting Israeli courts.
More than 500 administrative detainees had taken the collective position of declaring the comprehensive boycott of all judicial proceedings relating to administrative detention (judicial review, appeal, supreme).
The boycott of the occupation courts causes confusion in the administration of the occupation’s prisons, so they usually take punitive measures against detainees, such as denial of visits and renewed administrative detention.
Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial, and without allowing the detainee or his lawyer to get acquainted with the alleged charges, in clear violation of the provisions of international humanitarian law. Israel is the only government in the world that adopts this policy.
As of May 2022, 4,600 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, including 31 women, 172 children, and 682 administrative detainees.