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Palestinian Prisoner Khalil Awauda Appeals to Israeli High Court

JerusalemA Palestinian prisoner’s lawyer Tuesday went on to say his family is on a 157-day hunger strike against his detention, so her client will appeal his case to Israel’s Supreme Court. He said he would.

Also on Tuesday, an Israeli military court extended the sentence of a second Palestinian prisoner for six days.

The release of both hunger striker Khalil Awauda and West Bank Islamic jihadist leader Bassam al-Saadi was among the militant groups’ demands for a ceasefire in last week’s violent fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Khalil Awauda protests being held without charge or trial under what Israel calls administrative detention. Awawda’s attorney, Ahlam Haddad, said his client’s health was deteriorating and he asked for his release.Ann An Israeli military court on Monday dismissed the appeal.

“No justice was done,” Haddad said. “We will look to the Supreme Court of Jerusalem to obtain the requested relief of his release from administrative detention.”

Awawdeh, 40, a father of four, is one of several Palestinian prisoners who have gone on prolonged hunger strikes over the years to protest administrative detention. Israel says the policy helps keep dangerous extremists off the streets and allows the government to detain suspects without divulging classified information. Critics say the policy denies prisoners due process.

Israel says Awadeh is an extremist, which he denies through his lawyers.

Islamic Jihad extremist groups demanded his release. Egypt-brokered ceasefire ends three days of heavy fighting in Gaza did not identify him as its member earlier this month. Israel arrested al-Saadi in the days leading up to the Gaza flare-up.

Haddad said he hadn’t eaten anything during the strike, except for 10 days of vitamin injections, according to his family. Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency has not commented on his case.

Israel currently holds around 4,400 Palestinian prisoners, including the militants who carried out the deadly attacks and those arrested during protests and stone throwing. About 670 Palestinians are currently in administrative detention, but in March, following a series of deadly attacks on Israelis, Israel launched a near-night arrest raid in the occupied West Bank. Their numbers skyrocketed.

Israel says it will provide due process and imprison most of those who endanger its security, but a few are detained for petty crimes.

Palestinians and human rights groups say the system is designed to quell opposition to 55 years of Israeli military occupation of land the Palestinians want for their future state.

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