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Adnan ends second hunger strike, ‘triumphs over occupation‘

By Zuzana Brezinová - July 01, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Khader Adnan] [Hunger Strike] [Administrative detention]

Khader Adnan ended his 55-day long hunger strike Tuesday, after the Israeli authorities vowed to release him on July 12, as his lawyer, Jawad Boulos, reported. Adnan remains in a critical condition at the Israeli Ramla prison clinic where he was transferred due to his deteriorating health at the beginning of June.


“All the guarantees which Sheikh Khader asked for have been obtained, and so he triumphed over the occupation state after 55 days of hunger strike,” Adnan’s wife told Ma’an News Agency.


Early Monday morning, the Israeli Parliament and prison authorities succumbed to the pressure of various human rights NGOs, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and agreed to end Adnan’s administrative detention.


Prior to his strike this year, Adnan went on hunger strike for 66 days in 2012, before the Israeli authorities set him free. However, two years ago, he was ingesting salt and vitamins, as opposed to this time when he accepted nothing but water, which significantly worsened his health.


Jacques de Maio, the head of the ICRC in Israel and the OPT said that both the ICRC and Adnan’s family were “anxious about his health” and “concerned that his life was at immediate risk.”


Khader Adnan, a 37-years old member of Islamic Jihad and its former media officer in the West Bank, was detained by Israeli military last July during the wave of IDF’s raids after the kidnappings of three Israeli teenage settlers near Hebron.


Adnan was placed under administrative detention for the ninth time since 1997 without charges and devoid of proper trial. On May 7, he launched his hunger strike in protest against the Israeli decision to renew his detention for another six-months.


Haneeb Zoabi, the Joint Arab List’s MK said that his release, “is not only a victory for Khader Adnan, the administrative detainee, [but] it is a victory of human spirit against forces of oppression,” +972 magazine reported.


Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and other members of the Joint Arab List visited Adnan at the Ramla hospital on Sunday to express their support. This Sunday was the first time since Khader’s detention that his family from the West Bank was given a visit permit to see him in Israel.


This came only after repetitive appeals from ICRC members who urged Israel to observe its commitments under international law. “Under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, detainees have a right to be visited by their families,” said the ICRC official, and added that Israel has been preventing such a visit for over two months.


According to the Palestine Prisoner’s society, 414 Palestinians were held under administrative detention as of April 2015, amongst them are Arab members of the Knesset.



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