Maher al-Akhras (The Independent)
Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera
A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.
Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.
The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.
On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.
“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.
Adnan called on the international community and Palestinian leaders to pressure Israel over the case.
“Do more over the coming hours,” he said. “We are in the critical stage.”