Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions
The Minister is well aware that several Palestinians in administrative detention have gone on prolonged hunger strike in protest, with many developing lifelong health issues. One individual, Khalil Awawdeh, is in his 69th day of hunger strike. He was detained on 27 December 2021 and placed in administrative detention without charge or trial based on secret evidence. The international community is failing utterly in not acting in a coherent manner regarding breaches of international law and human rights, neither of which are à la carte. While the Minister cannot speak for the international community, he has a voice which, in fairness, he is not afraid to use, but we must act unilaterally to hold Israel to account. That means taking action ourselves if the international community is going to stick its head in the sand and allow these grave human rights violations to take place.