Apartheid Viciousness Killing Palestinian Hunger Striker for Justice Maher al-Akhras
Political prisoner Maher al-Akhras is “guilty” of being Palestinian in territory controlled by apartheid Israel.
Uncharged and untried, he’s held under what Israel calls administration detention.
It’s code language for imprisoning Palestinians for their political views, not for any wrongdoing warranting punishment.
The practice is politicized detention without just just cause — used almost exclusively as a state terror tactic against Palestinians.
Denied due process and judicial fairness, they’re held indefinitely, at times longterm, and aren’t told why.
International law permits administrative detentions only in exceptional cases – as a last resort measure against impending danger, and only short-term, never indefinitely uncharged and untried.
Israel flagrantly violates core international law principles – enforcing a secretive process, preventing a proper defense, denying counsel the right to examine alleged evidence.
Thousands of Palestinians have been mistreated this way, hundreds at any given time.
Three unacceptable Israeli laws authorize administrative detentions:
A Military Order relating to security issues, denying Palestinians civil law protections.
An Emergency Powers (Detentions) Law; and
The 2002 Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law.
It’s similar to America’s “unlawful enemy combatants” designation – now called “unprivileged enemy belligerents.”
Israel and the US operate the same way. Committing high crimes of war and against humanity, they’re also responsible for grievous human rights abuses.
In Occupied Palestinian, Arabs are arrested, disappeared, and locked in cages without just cause.
They’re detained incommunicado, given limited or no access to counsel.
When tried, it’s in guilt by accusation/kangaroo military courts, injustice assured nearly always.
Administrative detentions are a draconian Fourth Geneva breach.
Israeli high crimes against Palestinians and neighboring states go unpunished because the world community largely turns a blind eye to what demands accountability.
On October 20, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said “Maher al-Akhras is in his 86th day of hunger strike, in protest of his administrative detention and is at great risk of death.”
His death watch is now in its 92nd day as of Monday.
Addameer and other human rights groups called on the international community to intervene on Akhras’ behalf before it’s too late.
On October 20 as well, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) stressed that Akhras “is at great risk of death.”
One of the group’s doctors visited him on October 16, saying while he’s “generally lucid, he is also periodically confused, very dizzy, cannot move his legs, stand, or change position in bed.”
“His vision and hearing are rapidly deteriorating and he complains of severe chest pains.”
“According to international medical consensus on hunger strikes, Akhras may die any day.”
PHRI called for his immediate release.
Hunger-striking since July 27, his appeal to Israel’s High Court, demanding release, was denied — even though he’s guilty of no wrongdoing, other than being Palestinian in an apartheid Jewish state.
For good reason, Akhras distrusts Israel’s Kaplan hospital medical team.
He refuses to accept their treatment, wanting no medical intervention if loses consciousness.
Under draconian Israeli law, hunger strikers can be force-fed, a painful practice amounting to torture.
PHRI calls the procedure “unacceptable according to medical ethics and…international law,” adding:
“Al-Akhras’s case highlights the continued and excessive use of administrative detention in Israel: a procedure that allows the Israeli military commander to hold detainees indefinitely based on secret information without revealing the allegations against them or putting them on trial.”
“The courts (that) review administrative detention orders do so based on information presented to the court ex-parte by the security agencies, and Palestinians detainees are often jailed for months and even years without formal charges or a trial.”
“Israel currently holds over 300 Palestinians in administrative detention, contrary to the Geneva Convention, which demands that this practice be used only in exceptional circumstances and subject to strict procedural safeguards.”
Along with PHRI and Addameer, Adalah and the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) called for Akhras’ immediate release and transfer to a West Bank hospital.
There he can be treated by medical staff he trusts, never in captivity by an apartheid regime uncaring if he lives, dies, and suffers from treatment his distrusts.
A Final Comment
On Sunday, Mondoweiss reported that Kaplan hospital wants him removed from the facility for refusing medical treatment.
On Friday, the Netanyahu regime changed his venue to Ramleh prison’s clinic.
Before his transfer, counsel representing him asked Israel’s High Court to halt the transfer and release him immediately because of the imminent threat of his death.
The transfer was halted, release rejected.
Counsel representing him continues pleading his case for justice that’s virtually always denied Palestinians.
Note: According to Iran’s Mehr News on Sunday, Israeli forces “stormed Akhras’ room and violently moved him to the Prisons Department Hospital Marash in Ramleh” prison.
Separately on Friday, UN special rapporteur on human rights for Occupied Palestine Michal Link accused Israel of arresting and detaining Akhras without evidence that he poses a security risk — because none exists.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”