ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association : ON ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION
Palestinian prisoners to refuse medicine as boycott escalates (Source : The electronic Intifada )
Tamara Nassar 16 May 2018
Palestinian prisoners have decided not to take medicine as part of an escalating protest.
As well as boycotting Israeli military courts, detainees will now refuse health care until their demands are met.
Detainees will also begin a wave of hunger strikes in the coming months.
The boycott of military courts started on 15 February. Some human rights activists and lawyers are supporting the prisoners’ action by refusing to cooperate with Israel’s military court system.
Prisoners said the boycott will last until Israel ends its practice of administrative detention – the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial that can be renewed indefinitely.
Israeli occupation forces threatened and beat detainees in an attempt to pressure them to end the boycott mid-April. Israel also threatened lawyers with punishment, including financial penalties, for complying with the boycott.
Israel has arrested more than 800,000 Palestinians and issued more than 52,000 administrative detention orders since 1967.