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Palestine Calls For Release Of Detained Prisoners

The embassy of the State of Palestine has condemned the continued detention of all Palestinians who are on hunger strike including Khalil Awawdeh (40)languishing in hospital after an extensive hunger strike for 170 days which teetered him close to death last week.

Awawdeh began refusing food to protest Apartheid Israel state’s holding him without charges or trial a practice of arresting suspects for renewable six-month terms without allowing them to view the charges or evidence against them.

Over the past half-century, Israel has unlawfully and punitively imprisoned nearly 60 000 Palestinian men and women under so-called administrative detention.

Palestine says Israel is acting in violation of international law.

The war tone state said apartheid Israel continues to use administrative detention to imprison more than 500 Palestinians including six children without charges, without trials, and without convictions, all based on so-calledclassified secret information that the detainees have no access to. They have no recourse to challenging these undisclosed allegations, and they do not know when they are going to be released.


“This arbitrary detention is strictly prohibited under international law, including international humanitarian law

“The occupying power persists in its pervasive violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to freedom, justice, and self-determination because of the utter failure of the international community to hold Israel accountable for its egregious violations,” a statement from the Palestinian Embassy in Harare said.

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This collective international failure, the statement further said, has allowed Israel to, among other crimes, shatter the lives and rights of tens of thousands of Palestinians victimized and persecuted through administrative detention.

“The State of Palestine is disappointed with the international community’s failure to act against the Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967.

“We, therefore, call on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli apartheid state responsible for its crimes against the Palestinian people,” the Embassy said.


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