Khader Adnan

February 21, 2012

Khadar Adnan

The Israeli government will stop the movement for the liberation of Khader Adnan by spreading false promises.
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Despite the Announcement of a Deal Limiting Khader Adnan’s Detention, Addameer Reiterates its Urgent Concern for His Health

Ramallah, 21 February 2012 – Khader Adnan’s hearing at the Israeli High Court was cancelled today, 21 February 2012, only minutes before the hearing was to take place. On Khader’s 66th day of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention and inhuman and degrading treatment by the Israeli authorities, one of Khader’s lawyers negotiated a deal with the Israeli military prosecutor that Khader will be released on 17 April instead of 8 May and that his administrative detention order will not be renewed. Addameer lawyer Samer Sam’an is actively working to gain permission to visit Khader to confirm whether or not he will continue with his hunger strike.

Khader previously stated to Addameer lawyers that though he was calling for his immediate and unconditional release, the minimum requirements he would consider for ending his hunger strike would be the guarantee that he would not receive a new administrative detention order and that his duration of detention would be considered from the date of his arrest on 17 December 2011 and not from the date that he received his administrative detention order on 8 January 2012. The provisions of the deal reached today as announced by the lawyer involved do meet these minimum requirements. However, if new “secret material,” upon which administrative detention is based, presents itself during the next two months, there would still be grounds for the renewal of his administrative detention order. This caveat is consistent with similar deals made in the past, in which Israeli officials leave the door open for re-arrests.

Addameer maintains that the fact that Israeli officials negotiated the duration of his detention, in addition to agreeing to an early release, reveals that there were no grounds for his administrative detention in the first place. His administrative detention order, as is the case with all other administrative detainees, is based on the alleged threat he poses to the “security of the State of Israel.” However, if Israeli officials agree that he will not be a threat on 17 April, as clear from today’s deal, he surely does not pose any threat today and his case provides further proof of Israel’s policy of arbitrary detention. Addameer reiterates its call for his immediate and unconditional release and the release of the 308 other administrative detainees.

Addameer’s main concern remains Khader’s health, in critical condition after over two months of hunger strike. Whether or not Khader continues his hunger strike, he must receive proper arrangements for observing his health condition, which will likely now have irreversible consequences. If he does decide to end his hunger strike, the potential complications from such a protracted hunger strike will require urgent and trusted care, which can only be provided if he is released.

Addameer continues to salute Khader Adnan for his incredible steadfastness in challenging Israel’s policy of holding Palestinians in detention without charge or trial, which is in violation of international law. Addameer further thanks all individuals and institutions who have chosen not to ignore the basic human rights violations being committed against Palestinian prisoners on a daily basis and who have expressed their explicit support for Khader and his fellow prisoners. The date set for Khader’s release, 17 April, ironically falls on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, which will serve as a reminder of the thousands of other Palestinian political prisoners who remain in Israeli detention.

Follow Addameer’s campaigns to release all Prisoners at Risk and immediately Stop Administrative Detention.

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6 Responses to “Khader Adnan”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    ‘Deal reached to end Khader Adnan’s detention by 17 April
    ; 66 day hunger strike ends’ (1)

    Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Tue, 02/21/2012 – 13:32

    Lawyers for Khader Adnan have reached a deal with Israel for Adnan to be released on 17 April, Addameer announced today via Twitter. Khader Adnan has agreed to end his hunger strike. Addameer said the deal appears to meet minimum conditions Adnan had previously communicated to lawyers.

    Adnan has been on hunger strike for 66 days against his “administrative detention” by Israel without charge or trial. Addameer is a Palestinian prisoners rights group whose lawyers have been closely following Adnan’s case.

    According to the deal, Adnan will be released on 17 April – three weeks before the original 8 May expiry of his current administrative detention order. But under the deal his admistrative detention order would not be renewed. Israel has typically renewed administrative detention orders repeatedly.

    Early reports in some media reports said Adnan had agreed to end his hunger strike, but as of just before 4pm local time in Palestine, Addameer tweeted in Arabic that a lawyer for the group was waiting for permission to visit Adnan to “confirm his decision.”

    Just before 5pm local time, Addameer tweeted in Arabic that its lawyers had still not been allowed to see Khader Adnan:

    Prison authorities are still preventing Addameer’s lawyer from entering to visit the prisoner, and we have received no decision from Khader Adnan about stopping the hunger strike.

    Final confirmation came this evening from Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, one of whose doctors visited Adnan.

    Family “ecstatic”

    The Associated Press reported that it had spoken to Randa Adnan, Khader’s wife:

    Adnan’s wife, Randa, was ecstatic over the news.

    “This is of course a victory,” she said in a telephone interview. “The Israelis had no proof and that’s why they’ve agreed to these four months,” she said. She laughed, and supporters could be heard screaming with joy in the background.

    “He’s shown by his steadfastness that we can be victorious,” she said.

    “Minimum requirements”

    A press release from Addameer gave more information about the possible shape of a deal:

    On Khader’s 66th day of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention and inhuman and degrading treatment by the Israeli authorities, one of Khader’s lawyers negotiated a deal with the Israeli military prosecutor that Khader will be released on 17 April instead of 8 May and that his administrative detention order will not be renewed. Addameer lawyer Samer Sam’an is actively working to gain permission to visit Khader to confirm whether or not he will continue with his hunger strike.

    Khader previously stated to Addameer lawyers that though he was calling for his immediate and unconditional release, the minimum requirements he would consider for ending his hunger strike would be the guarantee that he would not receive a new administrative detention order and that his duration of detention would be considered from the date of his arrest on 17 December 2011 and not from the date that he received his administrative detention order on 8 January 2012. The provisions of the deal reached today as announced by the lawyer involved do meet these minimum requirements.

    Addameer reiterated grave concern for Adnan’s health even if he ends his hunger strike:

    Addameer’s main concern remains Khader’s health, in critical condition after over two months of hunger strike. Whether or not Khader continues his hunger strike, he must receive proper arrangements for observing his health condition, which will likely now have irreversible consequences. If he does decide to end his hunger strike, the potential complications from such a protracted hunger strike will require urgent and trusted care, which can only be provided if he is released.

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/deal-reached-end-khader-adnans-detention-17-april-no-confirmation-hunger-strike

  2. kruitvat Says:

    ‘Deal reached to end Khader Adnan’s detention by 17 April
    ; 66 day hunger strike ends’ (2)

    Confirming deal, Israel government spokesman also repeats baseless accusations

    News of the deal was confirmed by Israeli government spokesperson Ofir Gendleman over Twitter. Gendleman stated that Khader Adnan “will finish his sentence on April 17, if there’s no new evidence. If he returnes to violence & terror, he will be arrested again” and in a second tweet stated, “The Supreme Court did not decide to release #khaderadnan. His attorney reached an agreement w/ the State prosecution. He wasn’t exhonerated.”

    Gendleman’s allegations against Adnan it must be noted are just that. Adnan was never charged with any crime by Israel, and it seems unlikely Israel would release him if it had any evidence whatsoever to back up such lurid claims. Nor has Adnan been “sentenced” – a term usually used in relation to punishment for a crime of which a person has been convicted.

    Earlier this morning, Aljazeera English had caused confusion by reporting that Adnan was to be released before it had been confirmed. Even now, the information is somewhat confusing, and should be treated with caution until more emerges.

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/deal-reached-end-khader-adnans-detention-17-april-no-confirmation-hunger-strike

  3. kruitvat Says:

    Just read: ‘Court decision to cancel Adnan’s appeal hearing’

    The Supreme Court issued the following decision today:

    We have been delivered a joint notice by the representative of the Appellant and the representative of the Respondents, according to which there is no intention to extend the administrative detention beyond 17 April 2012, and (after offsetting the days of detention during which the Appellant was subjected to a criminal investigation), subject to the absence of new and significant material being added in the matter of the Appellant. In light of the above, the Appellant has ended his hunger strike and declared his retraction of the appeal.This being the case, the appeal is stricken, and the hearing schedule for today is thereby cancelled.

  4. kruitvat Says:

    Khader Adnan footage from inside the hospital, Democracy Now.

  5. kruitvat Says:

    ‘Khader Adnan is a member of the Palestinian reconciliation committee’….

    Khader Adnan (also Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa) (born 24 March 1978) is a Palestinian prisoner in Israel. Israeli authorities have not laid any formal charges against him, but say he was arrested for “for activities that threaten regional security.”[2]
    In his hometown of Arraba, Adnan owns a bakery and a produce store and is pursuing a Masters degree in Economics.[3] He was arrested on 17 December 2011 after midnight. The following day, to protest the conditions of his arrest, Israel’s policy of administrative detention and its treatment of Palestinians under Israeli occupation, particularly prisoners, Adnan went on a 66-day long hunger strike.
    Media reports indicate that Adnan is or was affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the West Bank, and some say he holds or held a leadership position in the organization. The PIJ is designated a terrorist group by Israel, and Adnan has been convicted in the past by Israel for being a spokesperson for the group. It is not known if he was directly involved in attacks on Israelis. Though he has been detained several times since 1999, Israel has never laid any such charges against him. His wife says he holds no leadership role in the PIJ, is not involved in militant activities, and is a member of the Palestinian reconciliation committee.


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