Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike after Israel promises release
Palestinians rally for prisoner Muhammad Allan, who went on a hunger strike for two months, in August 2015. (AFP/File)
Hunger striking Palestinian prisoner, Ameer al-Shammas, announced on Thursday that he would end his hunger strike, following Israeli authorities' decision not to renew his internment, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) said in a statement.
Al-Shammas, from the southern West Bank district of Hebron, has been held under the policy of administrative detention, which allows prisoners to be detained without trial charge for renewable six-month periods, indefinitely.
Al-Shammas, who will be released at the end of his current six-month session of detainment, began his hunger strike against the policy earlier this month.
Al-Shammas made the decision to end his strike on Thursday in Negev prison during a visit with his PPS appointed lawyer.
PPS pointed out that al-Shammas had gone on hunger strike for more than three months last year, which he ended after being promised release, only for Israel to renew his detainment.
There are currently seven prisoners being held under administrative detainment who are on hunger strike.
Prisoners Nidal Abu Aker, Shadi Maali, Ghassan Zawahra, Bader Rozzeh and Munir Abu Sharar all began their hunger strike on Aug. 20, while Bilal Dawood started his strike six days later and prisoner Suleiman Iskafi started, along with al-Shammas, at the beginning of September.
There are currently 400 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention, according to documentation by prisoners' rights group Addameer.
According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the majority of prisoners who go on hunger strike are Palestinians held under administrative detention.
Palestinian detainees in the Nafha and Ramon jails last month declared a "campaign of disobedience" in response to sanctions imposed on hunger strikers, as well as other restrictions.
On Aug. 20 Israel agreed to suspend the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan following his 66-day hunger strike that brought him close to death and captured world headlines.