The Prisoners Support Committee of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad (PCPA) holds accountable the Israeli occupation and its prison authorities for the deteriorating health conditions of the Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike for over two months.
The prisoner is holding an open hunger strike in a protest against his 4-months administrative detention, which is liable to extension.
The attorney and head of the Prisoners Support Committee, Adnan AlSabbah, demanded the immediate release of al-Akhras, who continues his hunger strike amidst poor health conditions, which have been described as difficult and extremely dangerous. Al-Akhras is suffering from severe head and chest pains. In addition to occasional blackouts, he is enduring a blurred vision and high blood pressure that is causing him to scream while unable to leave the bed.
In a statement to Pal Abroad, AlSabbah called on the international humanitarian and legal foundations to take urgent action to save the life of al-Akhras and hold the Israeli occupation accountable, particularly officers and officials who are administratively and politically responsible for the constant violations committed against Palestinians.
He also pointed out to the threatening conditions at the Israeli prisons and the spiking numbers of COVID-19 positive cases among the prisoners, given the deliberate medical negligence practiced by the prison authorities and their reluctance to offer the prisoners needed healthcare as to combat contracting the virus.
AlSabbah added that the Israeli occupation’s violations against the prisoners, particularly administrative detention, are an ongoing war crime which mandates that all perpetrators and those ordering such violations be legally prosecuted and brought before the court.