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Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner appeals detention to Supreme Court

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The lawyer for a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner said Tuesday that his client would appeal his case to Israel’s Supreme Court, as he continues what his family says is 165 days without food.

Khalil Awawdeh is protesting being held without charge or trial. Ahlam Haddad, Awawdeh’s lawyer, said her client’s health is deteriorating and he is seeking to be released. An Israeli military court on Monday rejected his appeal.

“This man has not gotten justice,” Haddad said. “We turn to… the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, to possibly get the relief we’ve requested, which is his release from administrative detention.”

Awawdeh, a 40-year-old father of four, is one of several Palestinian prisoners who have gone on prolonged hunger strikes over the years to protest so-called administrative detention. Israel says the policy helps keep dangerous terrorists off the streets and allows the government to hold suspects without divulging sensitive intelligence. Critics say the policy denies........

© The Times of Israel

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