Iran: Israel must end ‘arbitrary detention’ of hunger-striking security prisoner

Iran says Israel must end the “unjustified, arbitrary detention” of a hunger-striking Palestinian security prisoner.

Maher al-Akhras has not eaten for 90 days. He was arrested in late July and has been on a hunger strike in recent months to protest his detention without trial by Israeli authorities. He denies the Israeli accusation of current membership in a terror group and has maintained that he is not involved in any “security activity.”

According to the Shin Bet domestic security service, al-Akhras is involved in Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian terror group that avowedly seeks to destroy Israel.

Maher al-Akhras before his 2020 arrest. (Screenshot: Roya News)

But Israeli military prosecutors have also decided not to renew his administrative detention, which is set to expire on November 26.

Iran’s foreign ministry says the “Israeli regime has refused to end his unjustified detention. The occupiers must end arbitrary detentions & free him & 100s of Palestinians unjustly held.”