Shops stopped working in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with scores of Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike over their administrative detention. That's a system which Israel uses to detain people indefinitely without charge or trial.
The Palestinian prisoners have refused food for more than 45 days now. According to Palestinian Human Rights and Prisoner Support Organization, there are nearly 200 administrative detainees in Israeli jails. They include 9 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Abdel Jaber Fuqaha is a Hamas member of the council, who is now on a hunger strike. The administrative detention orders are often renewed for months for a time, sometimes even during the same day as the supposed release. Neither the prisoners nor their families know of the release date. Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has threatened to pass a law to force feed the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners. This comes as force-feeding is considered a grave breach of the World Medical Association's guidelines on the treatment of hunger strikers. Palestinian prisoners have in the past launched several more hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention. Israel has remained defiant to heed the Palestinian prisoners' demands, amid increasing protests both by the Palestinian public and authorities. Many here fear that the Palestinian hunger strikers will have the same fate as their Irish counterparts did 34 years ago in their occupiers' jails, which is to die fighting for their rights.