IJV joins with others in expressing its deep concern for the fate of nearly 2,000 Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike in support of basic human rights: the end to administrative detention and solitary confinement and the reinstatement of family visits from Gaza. We strongly condemn the Israeli Supreme Court’s rejection of the appeals by two of the hunger strikers, Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, on 7th May, 2012. On behalf of many other prisoners, both adults and children, they were appealing against being held in administrative detention without charge or trial, as well as being denied the right to see the evidence against them. These young men have been on hunger strike for almost three months, and their lives are now seriously endangered. We call upon the Israeli authorities to heed the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that “those detained must be charged and face trial with judicial guarantees, or released without delay” and support the efforts of the Egyptians to bring the hunger strike to an end. Israel must be made to abide by international law in its treatment of all prisoners.
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