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Webinar: Administrative Detention: The Case Of Hisham Abu Hawash
January 14 @ 2:00 pm
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Hisham Abu Hawash has been imprisoned in Israel without charge for approximately 16 months. While under administrative detention, Abu Hawash went on hunger strike and only consumed water with a little sugar and salt. As a result, Abu Hawash’s weight dropped from 175 pounds to 85 pounds. After 141 days of hunger-striking, Abu Hawash can finally go home to his family.
The Palestinian cry for justice is gaining momentum in the United States. For example, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) condemned Abu Hawash’s detention and called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to “demand an end to Israel’s practice of holding Palestinians living under apartheid in detention without representation, fair trial, or even a shred of due process.”
Today, there are some 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prison. While the legacy of abuse of Palestinian detainees prevails, so does prisoner resistance to Israel’s military occupation and overarching settler-colonial project.
- Yumna Patel: Freelance multimedia journalist and the Palestine News Director for Mondoweiss, based in Bethlehem, Palestine. Yumna has been reporting in Palestine for six years on stories that affect the everyday lives of Palestinians under occupation.
- Shatha Hammad: A Palestinian freelance journalist. In June 2020 she won the New Voice award at the One World Media Awards for her reporting from the West Bank.
- Muath Abu Alqumsan: A former political prisoner in Israel and advocate for the freedom of all Palestinian political prisoners.