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State of Palestine: Released prisoner welcomed in home town after 103 days of hunger strike03:30

State of Palestine: Released prisoner welcomed in home town after 103 days of hunger strike

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Silat Al-Dhahr
November 27, 2020 at 07:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Palestinian farmer who was released by Israel after staging a hunger strike in prison was welcomed in his home town of Silat Al-Dhahr, south of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.

Maher Al-Akhras was accused of belonging to the Islamic Jihad, a group considered a terrorist organisation by Israel. Al-Akhras spent 103 days on hunger strike before his health deteriorated. He suspended the protest on November 8 after an Israeli court agreed to release him later in the month.

"I am telling our Palestinian people to sacrifice more suffering in order to be liberated. We cannot be liberated while we are in bliss," said Al-Akhras as he was warmly welcomed by the residents in his home town.

He was held in administrative detention which is considered a controversial practice by the Palestinians. It allows Israel to hold anyone without charge or trial for periods of three to six months with possible extensions. Such detainees are not able to appeal or even find out what accusations are brought against them.

State of Palestine: Released prisoner welcomed in home town after 103 days of hunger strike03:30
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A Palestinian farmer who was released by Israel after staging a hunger strike in prison was welcomed in his home town of Silat Al-Dhahr, south of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.

Maher Al-Akhras was accused of belonging to the Islamic Jihad, a group considered a terrorist organisation by Israel. Al-Akhras spent 103 days on hunger strike before his health deteriorated. He suspended the protest on November 8 after an Israeli court agreed to release him later in the month.

"I am telling our Palestinian people to sacrifice more suffering in order to be liberated. We cannot be liberated while we are in bliss," said Al-Akhras as he was warmly welcomed by the residents in his home town.

He was held in administrative detention which is considered a controversial practice by the Palestinians. It allows Israel to hold anyone without charge or trial for periods of three to six months with possible extensions. Such detainees are not able to appeal or even find out what accusations are brought against them.