Palestinian hunger striker in mortal danger after 73 days without food

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Palestinian administrative detainee Maher al-Akhras, 49, in Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, where is on day 73 of a hunger strike. (Oren Ziv/Activestills)
Maher al-Akhras  is on day 73 of a hunger strike in protest at his administrative detention by Israel.

By Oren Ziv |  +972 Magazine  | Oct 7, 2020

Maher is a Palestinian man who loves his homeland and his people. He is striking for his own honor and that of the Palestinian people.
— Taghrid, Maher al-Akhras’ wife

A Palestinian administrative detainee is facing mortal danger as he entered his 73rd day of a hunger strike in an Israeli hospital on Wednesday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is currently hospitalized in Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv in the center of the country, where he has refused all medical treatment and is only accepting water.

Two weeks ago, the Israeli High Court of Justice “froze” al-Akhras’ detention pending an improvement in his condition, yet refused to cancel it or allow him to leave the hospital. Al-Akhras is worried that he will be re-arrested after he resumes eating and is demanding assurances that this will not be the case

Al-Akhras, a father of six from the village of Silat al-Dahr in the northern occupied West Bank, was arrested on July 28, allegedly on charges of belonging to Islamic Jihad. On Aug. 7, he was put in administrative detention for four months. He has been on hunger strike since the day of his arrest. Al-Akhras was brought to Kaplan Medical Center on Sept. 6 after his condition worsened.

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