said this week.
Jamil Khatib, the lawyer of Diab and Halahleh, told the AFP news agency on Monday that the Supreme Court refused both appeals
against their administrative detention. 'Israeli courts do not handle administrative detention in a positive
way,' he said. 'It shows that the intelligence services have the final word. They will continue their strike till the end.'
The human rights organization Addameer added that the Court in Thaer’s case recommended that since he has already spent
nearly two years in administrative detention, the Israeli Security
Service should investigate more in depth before extending his detention
order to see if there are any possible alternatives to administrative
detention. The Court further stated that if his detention order is
extended, a more thorough interrogation should occur. The Court
reiterated that these recommendations were irrespective of his hunger
In Bilal’s case, the Court also suggested that if
his administrative detention order is renewed, and his health permits
extended detention, he should also be re-interrogated. The Court
recommended that the Security Service shorten his order from 6 months to
3 or 4 months, to allow for a closer date of judicial review.
Activists say that as many as 2,500 out of 4,600 Palestinians held in Israeli
prisons are partcipating in the hunger strike. Israel has said the number of participants is 1550. Ten Palestinian prisoners were placed under medical supervision on Saturday as their conditions
worsened, a spokeswoman for Israel's prison service previously said. Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on Israel to 'immediately charge
or release people jailed without charge or trial under so-called administrative detention.'