Over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli prisons announced the beginning of a massive hunger strike on “Palestinian Prisoners’ Day,” an annual April event held in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners. The strike was inspired by the bleak conditions that prisoners face inside the prisons, as they have few other options to protest their circumstances.
According to human rights organization Addameer, Israeli prisons hold approximately 6,500 Palestinians, including an estimated 300 children. At least 550 prisoners are currently being held under administrative detention, a form of detention used for detainees who are held without trial or even charges filed against them.
This method of detention has been used to hold Palestinians indefinitely based on information that is withheld from the public. The striking prisoners have called for an end to the use of administrative detention, as well as made other demands.