The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) announced this Monday that some of the members detained in Israeli prisons will be starting an indefinite hunger strike in solidarity with six Palestinian citizens who are in administrative detention and who started the same pressure months ago.
“Dozens of prisoners will support an indefinite hunger strike to aid the six Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in protest of the administrative arrests,” Hamas said in a statement read on Al-Aqsa television.
“We cannot remain silent,” said Hamas. The six prisoners on hunger strike, some of whom have been protesting for three months against administrative detention, a controversial Israeli law that allows authorities to arrest Palestinian suspects without charge.
It is currently unknown how many Hamas members will support the protest or when it will officially begin. The group has asked the rest of the armed forces, including the Palestinian Authority, to support this and other pressures against Israel in support of the six strikers.
The Hamas announcement came two days after a group of Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners announced the end of a nine-day hunger strike in protest of Israeli policy towards prisoners, recalls the Times of Israel. .
After six prisoners fled a maximum security prison in northern Israel in early September, prison authorities took a number of new measures to prevent further possible escapes, leading some inmates to protest against their intransigence.
In retaliation, the Israeli authorities decided to separate the Islamic Jihad detainee groups from the rest of the detainees, transferring some of them to other prisons and isolating others. The six who managed to escape and were later arrested were again transferred to other prisons.