Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan

February 21, 2012

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Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ends 66-day hunger strike as Israel agrees to April release

JERUSALEM Feb 21, 2012 — A Palestinian prisoner has ended his 66-day hunger strike over his detention without charge under a deal that will see him released in April, Palestinian and Israeli officials told AFP on Tuesday.

“The Israeli court decided to release Khader Adnan on April 17 and based on that he ended his hunger strike,” Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqaa said.

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the agreement meant “if there’s no new evidence against him, he will be released from custody on April 17.”

Adnan’s lawyer Jawad Bulus also confirmed the deal, details of which were made public just hours before the Israeli Supreme Court was to hear an appeal against the prisoner’s detention without charge.

“There will be no extension of his administrative detention and he will be released on April 17,” Bulus told AFP.

The Israeli justice ministry confirmed that a deal had been signed, thereby ruling out the need for the hearing which had been due to start at 1300 GMT.

Adnan’s wife, Randa Mussa hailed the deal as a “victory” for her husband, whom medics said had lost more than 40% of his body weight over the past nine weeks.

“He forced the occupation to give in to his demands and I hope he returns safe to us,” she told AFP.

Adnan, 33, was detained on December 17 and began refusing food a day later to protest his detention without charge and his alleged mistreatment by interrogators.

His protest, already the longest hunger strike carried out by any Palestinian prisoner, has attracted international attention and thrown a spotlight on Israel’s use of administrative detention, a military procedure which allows suspects to be held without charge.

Israeli officials described Adnan as a “terrorist” from the radical Islamic Jihad movement, although he has never been charged with any offence, nor has any evidence against him been made public.

In January, a military court handed down a four-month administrative detention order against Adnan, which he appealed in an unusual court session earlier this month held at his hospital bed in northern Israel.

But a military court last week rejected his appeal, prompting Bulus to turn to Israel’s top court.

Doctors from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel who met with Adnan in recent days had warned that his health was failing and that he faced “immediate danger of death” if he continued to refuse food.

Rights groups have also condemned the conditions in which Adnan is being held at Ziv hospital in the northern town of Safed, where he is shackled to the bed by chains on both legs and on one arm.

His case has sparked demonstrations across the Palestinian territories, with thousands of people taking part in protests on Tuesday in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin, Hebron and Ramallah. A protest was also scheduled in Gaza City.

In Ramallah, shops shut down as part of a general strike in solidarity with Adnan, and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were also on hunger strike in support of the detainee.

Palestinian officials had warned that Adnan’s death in custody could spark a violent backlash, and a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service said they were aware of the “implications” of such a development.

On Monday, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said he had sent a message to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and other top diplomats urging them to put pressure on Israel over the case.

“I asked them all to intervene in Adnan’s case. They must apply pressure on Israel to release him,” he told AFP.…

7 Responses to “Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    Just read in Haaretz:
    ‘An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Palestinian man on hunger strike for 58 days to have his jail term reduced, officials said. Lawyer Mahmoud Hassan said a military court judge refused the appeal and that his client, Khader Adnan, will be detained until May 8. A military spokeswoman confirmed the ruling and said Adnan will be expected to carry out the full four-month sentence. The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations’.

  2. kruitvat Says:

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  3. kruitvat Says:

    The People’s United Nations

    ‎Khader Adnan’s long-overdue end to his hunger-strike actually focusses attention on the illegal Israeli practise of Admin detention.

    Detaining suspects indefinitely and subjecting them to interrogation even torture without evidence runs contrary to all democratic norms and standards.

    This undermining of Rule of Law on the basis of mere suspicion is, in fact, morally bankrupt and gives the lie to any pretensions of democracy.

    Kudos to Sheikh Khader Adnan for drawing the world’s attention to this barbaric practice, the global abolition of which, is now long overdue also, in line with common-sense and International Law.

    On balance, the false-flag event of 9-11 remains as the Mother of all Cover-ups to replace democracy and political accountability for an unnecessary, patrician state of emergency and endless War on Terror promoting the national interest of American hegemony and Western countries, but ultimately designed to give Israel a new lease of life to continue it’s state-sanctioned apartheid policies: unbridled settlement expansion and ethnic-cleansing – so really, it’s time to dezionise the discourse and end this madness – high time!

  4. kruitvat Says:

    Twilight Zone / ‘One man against the state’


    Khader Adnan, who is protesting his detention and humiliating treatment, is about to set a record for Israel’s longest hunger strike.

    A weak, starving Palestinian man lies in Internal Medicine Department B at Safed’s Rebecca Sieff Hospital. His condition is deteriorating, one of his hands and both his feet are shackled to the bed, and prison wardens guard him day and night. He has been on a hunger strike for months. His life is in danger, and he is at risk of doing irreversible damage to his body and mind.

    Khader Adnan, 33, is protesting the abuse and humiliation he says he suffered while being interrogated, as well as his long detention without trial. Next week Adnan, an Islamic Jihad activist from Arabeh, will set a new Israeli record for the country’s longest hunger strike, longer than that of peace activist Abie Nathan (45 days ), and of a group of security prisoners who went 65 days without eating in 1970.

    His hunger strike is arousing considerable interest abroad. Solidarity demonstrations have been held in places around the world, as well as in Tel Aviv – but most Israelis have heard almost nothing about this. Daily solidarity protests in the West Bank go mostly unreported in Israel, as does the fact that 14 prisoners and wardens have reportedly joined his strike.

    On Monday, the 58th day of Adnan’s strike, we visited his home in Arabeh accompanied by Physicians for Human Rights’s mobile clinic coordinator Saleh Haj Yihyeh. At that moment, Adnan’s wife Randa was updating the tally of days her husband had been not eating, displayed on a poster in the living room. “My honor is more important than my food,” declares the caption at the bottom of the poster, which bears the prisoner’s image. With his thick beard and round glasses, he looks like a settlement rabbi.

    Arabeh is surrounded by lush green fields. Randa is raising her two small daughters, 4-year-old Ma’alia and 18-month-old Bissan, in the family home, which spans several stories. Before speaking with us, she dons a white veil that covers her face and black gloves that cover her hands.

    Khader Adnan was arrested on December 17. Israeli soldiers came to this house in the middle of the night. This was his seventh detention or arrest by Israel. The first time was in 1999, when he was held for half a year without trial. After that, he spent eight months in detention in 2000; he was arrested again in 2002-2003; detained in 2004; detained for 18 months in 2005-2006 and six months in 2008.

    In 2010, the Palestinian Authority arrested him for 12 days. Then, too, he went on a hunger strike, for the first time in his life. Between arrests, he worked at a pita bakery in Qabatiya and was an Islamic Jihad activist. His family says he is a political activist.

    After midnight on December 17, Randa heard voices outside. Large groups of soldiers encircled the house for several hours. A bit before 3 A.M., when Adnan’s father left to start his workday as a vegetable merchant, he ran into the soldiers, who burst into the house. Adnan woke up and fled to his parents’ apartment on the second floor. Randa and the little girls remained in their apartment on the ground floor.

    The soldiers immediately ran up to the second floor and pulled Adnan from the bathroom. He asked to get dressed, and they let him. Then they bound him and blindfolded him, and took him out from the house. Randa says an officer promised him that this time, his detention would be brief. While previous arrests had included a violently conducted search of the house, this time the soldiers simply arrested Adnan.

    He was brought before a judge after being interrogated for 18 days at the Al-Jalama facility. The judge, at the military court in Salem, extended his remand. Randa came to court, where her husband told her the soldiers had beaten and kicked him after they detained him, as he lay on the floor of their Jeep. He told the court how he had been humiliated during interrogation: The interrogators had cursed at him, pulled his beard and told him his daughters were not his own.

    The day after his arrest, Adnan launched his hunger strike to protest his lack of trial and the humiliation he suffered. That was two months ago. In the meantime, he has been sent to four months of administrative detention.

    After the interrogation, Adnan was transferred to the Israel Prison Service’s medical facility in Ramle. A few days later, when his condition deteriorated, he was taken to a hospital. In recent weeks he has been shuffled through various Israeli hospitals – Bikur Holim in Jerusalem, Mayanei Hayeshua in Bnei Brak and now Sieff Hospital in Safed.

    IPS spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Adnan was being moved due to a shortage of beds. This whole time, he has been bound by one hand and both feet to his bed, and prison wardens have been guarding him around the clock.

    His family says he drinks one liter of water a day, without salt. The IPS says he has agreed to accept an intravenous drip. He does not take food in any form. Last week, when his condition deteriorated, the Shin Bet and the IPS agreed to allow his wife and his daughters to visit him at the hospital, hoping they would persuade him to stop his strike. This came after a long campaign by Physicians for Human Rights.

    Last week on Tuesday, Randa, Bissan and Ma’alia went to Safed. The wardens kept them from entering Adnan’s room even though the visit had been coordinated in advance. Randa recalls that several wardens were present in the room, and that her husband told her not to come in so long as they were there. Finally they compromised, and allowed two wardens to remain. Adnan hugged his daughters with his free arm and asked what was happening outside.

    After 10 minutes, the wardens said the visit was over, but when Randa asked her husband to end his strike, they gave her 10 minutes more.

    Adan replied firmly: “God is supporting me. Don’t request that again.”

    Ma’alia asked why he was shackled, and Adnan told her to ask the wardens.

    Randa says her husband is being neglected. His clothing is filthy, his nails are long and his hair is falling out, she says. He is not being untied even for prayers. He has lost about 40 kilos and is very feeble and weak, she adds.

    Before she said good-bye she heard him whisper: “These are my last days. I will never forgive those who did not stand by me.” He was referring to the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli people, she says.

    He is psychologically strong, “even when you can see the tears in his eyes,” she says. Her husband will agree to eat only if he is released from prison.

    His lawyer, who visited him this week, told her that Adnan is already hooked up to a cardiac monitor.

    “His situation is grave and very dangerous. We fear that at any moment he will become a martyr,” she says from behind her veil.

    Adnan’s father, Mussa, is 72 and wears a kaffiyeh. For years Israel has been preventing him from visiting his son when he has been in prison.

    “Israelis, Arabs, [French President] Nicolas Sarkozy, [British Prime Minister] David Cameron, [U.S. Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and [U.S. President] Barack Obama – no one who tried to obtain Gilad Shalit’s release is intervening on behalf of my son. This is a power struggle of one man against a whole state, the State of Israel,” says Mussa.

    “Are you Israelis in favor of a hunger strike? People are rotting in administrative detention. We fear for his life but we think he is doing the right thing. Every person must defend his honor and his freedom. No man of honor would allow his wife to be cursed the way the interrogators cursed her. The hunger strike is the prisoner’s only weapon.

    “Israel is a democracy? Where is its democracy when it arrests people without trial? Gilad Shalit was abducted while fighting as a soldier in Gaza. My husband was arrested alongside his wife and daughters.”

    The Israeli nonprofit organization Physicians for Human Rights took up Adnan’s case when he began his hunger strike. PHR is fighting his imprisonment without trial and has filed numerous petitions concerning his case, asking to have a physician from the organization visit him after Adnan refused to let doctors from the hospital or IPS examine him. This request was eventually granted, and a PHR doctor has been checking in on him every day for a week now.

    The organization is also calling on the prison authorities to allow him to be unshackled. Chaining down a prisoner in his condition violates the IPS’s own procedures, PHR claims, and the hospitals that allow a patient to be treated this way are violating medical ethics.

    “The decision to to use restraints on a patient in custody lies with the law enforcement authority responsible for him,” a Sieff Hospital spokeswoman told Haaretz.

    Israel Medical Association ethics committee chairman Prof. Avinoam Reches wrote to PHR that after such a lengthy hunger strike, two wardens and no shackles should be enough. The head of Mayanei Hayeshua, Prof. Mordechai Ravid, also told PHR that he opposed shackling hospitalized prisoners, but that Adnan is no longer at his hospital.

    PHR also filed a petition in the Petah Tikva District Court. In response, the IPS said Adnan was being shackled to preserve public safety.

    This week, hearings over his release were held in his hospital room, due to his grave condition. For previous hearings, he was brought to the court in a wheelchair.

    Dr. Calin Shapira, deputy director of Sieff Hospital, told Haaretz that he could not release details about Adnan’s condition in order to preserve medical confidentiality. Hospital spokeswoman Yael Shavit told Haaretz: “His condition is not good … we fear for his health.”

    According to the Israel Medical Association, a person on hunger strike could die after 45 days. What will happen if Adnan loses consciousness and is about to die? Weizman, the IPS spokeswoman, said this week that the hospital’s ethic’s committee is responsible for deciding on treatment.

    She added: “Following further examination, the Prison Service decided that the prisoner would be detained without shackles in the hospital. The service conducts frequent appraisals of prisoners’ situations, and makes decisions after reviewing all the circumstances.

    “In exceptional cases, for humanitarian reasons, the service allows visits by family members and clerics. In addition, we allow visits by PHR doctors and Red Cross representatives. The hospital where the prisoner is being detained was chosen based on the facilities it offers and the availability of beds in the internal medicine ward.

    “For the last two weeks the prisoner has been treated at the Sieff Hospital in Safed, in conjunction with [representatives from] PHR. As far as we know, no treatment has been administered against the prisoner’s wishes.”

  5. kruitvat Says:

    Palestinian Prisoner Khader Adnan to be Released from Israeli Jail After 66-Day Hunger Strike

    February 21, 2012

    Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for 66 days. He is being held in Israel without charge or trial. Under the deal, Adnan will be released on April 17. Doctors previously said Adnan was at immediate risk of death. We speak to three guests about his case: his sister, Maali Mousa; Bill Van Esveld, researcher at Human Rights Watch; and Danny Morrison, a friend of the late Irish republican activist Bobby Sands, who died on his 66th day of a hunger strike in 1981. “[Adnan] told us that, ‘I am going on this hunger strike until I have an honorable deal or getting out from this jail,'” said Mousa about her recent visit to see her brother. “But in the same time, his spirits were very high.” Van Esveld accused Israel of violating international law by holding a Palestinian from the West Bank inside Israel. “It’s a violation of Israel’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions to detain people from the occupied West Bank in prisons, or hospitals, in this case, that are inside Israel,” he said. [includes rush transcript]

  6. kruitvat Says:

    21 February 2012
    ‘Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of the Gaza Strip and West Bank to demand Mr Adnan’s release’

    Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ‘ends hunger strike’

    A Palestinian prisoner has ended his 66-day hunger strike over his detention by Israel in a deal that will see him released in two months, officials say.

    The Israeli justice ministry announced that Khader Adnan would remain in custody until 17 April, when his “administrative detention” would end.

    Mr Adnan has not eaten since December, when he was arrested in the West Bank.

    He is widely believed to be a leader of Islamic Jihad, which Israel has designated a terrorist organisation.

    The Israeli military has said that Mr Adnan – a 33-year-old baker – was arrested “for activities that threaten regional security”.

    Earlier this month, an Israeli military court ordered that Mr Adnan be placed for four months in administrative detention. Under Israeli law, such prisoners can be held indefinitely without trial or charge.

    ‘Imminent danger of death’
    Mr Adnan has been refusing food since 18 December – one day after he was detained at his home in the village of Arabah – in protest at what he says was a violent arrest as well as humiliating interrogation sessions.

    On Tuesday, Mr Adnan’s lawyers had been due to petition the Israeli Supreme Court for his release when the Israeli justice ministry announced that it had reached a deal that would see him eventually released.

    Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to demand Mr Adnan’s release
    “The state… agrees to offset the days in which the appellant was detained for the purpose of a criminal investigation prior to his administrative detention from the period of the current administrative detention order, and also announces that as long as no new significant and substantive material is added regarding the appellant, there is no intention to extend the administrative detention,” a statement said.

    “In light of state’s foregoing announcement, the appellant states – via his attorney – that he is halting his hunger strike effective immediately.”

    The BBC’s Jon Donnison in Ramallah says Israeli officials will likely be pleased with the outcome.

    On Friday, the Israeli group Physicians for Human Rights, which has been monitoring his condition, warned that he was “in immediate danger of death”, adding that he had suffered “significant muscular atrophy”.

    Human rights groups also criticised the conditions in which he was being held at Ziv hospital in the northern Israeli town of Safed, where he was shackled to his bed by chains on both legs and one arm.

    The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said the bloc was following Mr Adnan’s case with “great concern.”

    “Detainees have the right to be informed about the charges underlying any detention and be subject to a fair trial,” she added.

    Thousands of Palestinians also took to the streets of the Gaza Strip and West Bank to demand Mr Adnan’s release, while Islamic Jihad had promised revenge if he was allowed to die by the Israeli authorities.

    It is unclear whether Mr Adnan, who was a spokesman for the group, has ever participated in its attacks, which have left dozens of Israelis dead.

  7. kruitvat Says:

    The Israeli government will break the movement for the liberation of Khadar Adnan now by spreading of false rumours. Do not stop the actions. Do not trust the Israeli authorities !
    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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