[Ppnews] Israeli Appeals Court Decision Delayed in Disregard of Khader Adnan’s Critical Medical Condition

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Israeli Appeals Court Decision Delayed in 
Disregard of Khader Adnan’s Critical Medical Condition


Ramallah, 9 February 2012 – Addameer reiterates 
its grave concern for the life of 
Adnan, who received no decision today in the 
appeal against his administrative detention 
order. On the 54th day of his 
strike, Khader’s health has entered an alarmingly 
critical stage that will likely have irreversible 
consequences and could lead to his fatal collapse 
at any moment. He stated that he will remain 
steadfast in his hunger strike until he is released.
Khader’s appeal hearing took place today, 9 
February, at Zif medical center in Safad and was 
attended by his lawyers, including two from 
Addameer. His hands and feet were shackled while 
he was moved from his room in the hospital to a 
different room for the court hearing. During the 
hearing, the shackles were removed from his hands 
only. Israeli military appeals judge Moshe Tirosh 
did not reach a decision on Khader’s appeal of 
his 4-month administrative detention order and is 
expected to make a decision within the coming 
week, though any delay may prove fatal. The legal 
discussions of the hearing are not public, as per 
the Israeli standards of administrative detention.

A Physicians for Human Rights-Israel doctor was 
able to visit Khader yesterday, 8 February. This 
examination was only his second since he began 
his hunger strike. Because Israeli Prison Service 
guards did not grant Khader and the doctor 
privacy during the examination, Khader did not 
feel free to discuss the full extent of his 
condition. For more details on his current state, 
please refer directly to 
<http://www.phr.org.il/default.asp?PageID=4>Physicians for Human Rights.

On 7 February, Khader’s wife, Randa, and his two 
young daughters were permitted to see him for the 
first time since his arrest on 17 December. His 
wife described his shocking appearance, noting 
that his body had shrunken significantly, that he 
had ulcers covering his face and tongue and that 
his hair, beard and nails were extremely long. He 
told her that he had not been allowed to shower 
or change his clothes or underwear since his 
arrest. His 4-year-old daughter repeatedly asked 
her mother, “Why is he tied to the bed? Why does 
he look like this? Why can’t he come home with 
us?” During the visit, both his legs and his 
right hand were shackled to the bed and soldiers 
stayed in the room the entire time. Nevertheless, 
he remained mentally aware and was able to fully 
express his love for his family. Khader’s 
unwavering hunger strike is in protest of the 
inhuman and degrading treatment he has been 
subjected to since his arrest despite his 
deteriorating health and of Israel’s ongoing 
policy of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial.

Addameer holds the Israeli Occupying Forces 
accountable for Khader’s life-threatening 
condition and also holds the international 
community responsible for not taking action to 
save his life. Addameer demands that the European 
Union, the United Nations and the International 
Committee of the Red Cross intervene with Israel 
immediately before it is too late. Addameer 
further hails all local and international 
solidarity efforts made on Khader’s behalf and 
urges individuals to continue calling attention to this most urgent matter.


Here is how you can help Khader Adnan:

Write to the Israeli government, military and 
legal authorities and demand that Khader Adnan be released immediately.
    * Brigadier General Dani Afroni
    * Military Judge Advocate General
    * 6 David Elazar Street
    * Harkiya, Tel Aviv
    * Israel
    * Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
    * Email: arbel at mail.idf.il; avimn at idf.gov.il
    * Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi
    * OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
    * Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
    * Fax: +972 2 530 5741
    * Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak
    * Ministry of Defense
    * 37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
    * Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
    * Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757
    * Col. Eli Bar On
    * Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
    * Beth El 90631
    * Fax: +972 2 9977326

Write to your own elected representatives urging 
them to pressure Israel to release Khader Adnan 
and to put an end to such an unjust, arbitrary 
and cruel system of incarceration without trial.

Interview: Ex-prisoner reflects on friendship 
with Khader Adnan and his hunger strike for justice

<http://electronicintifada.net/people/bekah-wolf>Bekah Wolf
9 February 2012

Abu Maria spent nearly five years, from 1999 to 
2003, in Israeli prisons. He spent an additional 
14 months, from 2008 to 2009, in 
detention (without charge or trial). He, like 
current hunger striker 
Adnan, was subjected to cruel and inhuman 
treatment and torture as part of his 
interrogation. In 2001, he shared a cell with Adnan.

Abu Maria, a member of the popular committee in 
the West Bank village 
Ommar and co-founder of the 
Solidarity Project, spoke to Bekah Wolf about 
Khader Adnan, who is being held by Israel without 
charge and has entered his 55th day of hunger strike.

Bekah Wolf: How do you know Khader Adnan?

Mousa Abu Maria: We met in 2001 or 2002 in 
Askelon prison. He was an organizer in the 
prison, because it wasn’t the first time he’d 
been in jail. He used to lead classes about 
Palestinian history and the uprising. Prison was 
like a university in those times and he was one of the professors.

BW: What was he like as a person?

MAM: Most [foreign] people think if you have a 
beard or you’re a member of Islamic Jihad, you 
just sit and pray all day. Khader would joke 
around, just like anyone else. He’s my age, we 
were young, we were like any other young people. 
He would try to make us feel like we weren’t in 
prison, like we were in a dorm room. He was 
always organizing the prisoners, which of course 
got him in trouble with the guards. He was often 
put in solitary confinement, but would come out 
and continue what he was doing before.

BW: He began his 
strike to protest how he was treated during his 
interrogation. He was held in stress positions, 
beaten and insulted. Is that similar to what you experienced?

MAM: This is what the occupation forces do to 
activists. They try to show how they have control 
over you. They want to say, maybe you had power 
[as an organizer] outside, but in here [prison] 
we have complete control. They would force me to 
sit with my hands cuffed to my ankles, on a tiny 
chair that was tilted over so that I was in a 
crouching position for hours, day after day. It 
is both very painful and a psychological torture. 
You can’t lift your head, you can’t look them in 
the eye. They want you to feel that you do not 
own yourself, that they own you, and you do not have any power to resist.

BW: What about the beating and insults? What is the purpose?

MAM: Again, it is just to show control, to break 
your will to resist. They know you have been an 
activist and that you have internal strength to 
resist. They have to break that from you. 
Sometimes it’s to try to get information from you 
but many times it is just to break your will. 
That’s why you go on hunger strike. It is the 
only thing you can control: what you eat, what 
you put into your body. It is the way to show 
that you can still resist. You are showing your 
captors and your comrades, but you are also 
showing yourself, giving yourself strength that 
you are still resisting, that they haven’t taken everything away from you.

BW: Khader is now striking to protest being in 
administrative detention. You were in 
administrative detention for 14 months. Can you 
explain what it is and why it is inspiring a man 
to die rather than live under such conditions?

MAM: First of all, I do not believe Khader wants 
to die. That is not in his mind. We all went on 
hunger strikes before, to protest conditions of 
our imprisonment. He is showing his commitment to 
resistance in the only way he can right now, with his own body.

Administrative detention is also a psychological 
attack on a person. You are held, without knowing 
what you are accused of, but most importantly, 
without knowing when the imprisonment will end. 
When you are convicted, you can accept in your 
mind what is happening, and put it aside, and 
plan and hope for the day when you are released.

Administrative detention does not allow you to do 
that. Because you never know when you will be 
released, you are in constant turmoil. Your 
family is also in turmoil. You remember when I 
thought I was going to be released. The guards 
told me to pack my things, and I sent a message 
to you through another prisoner that I was being 
released. They even drove me to the gate of the 
prison, with all of my things, and I thought, 
after 12 months, I was being released, I would see my wife and family again.

And then they said it was a joke, and put me back 
into the jeep and brought me back to the prison. 
It destroys your soul. Your mind can only 
experience so much loss of power before you start 
to destroy yourself. It takes a huge amount of 
strength not to fall into despair. This is a 
powerful reason for Khader going on hunger 
strike. I believe he needs to feel that they 
[occupation forces] are not in full control of 
him. They can control when he sees his family, 
when he will be released, all of that ­ but he 
has control over something now, something they 
cannot take away from him. The goal of any 
occupation force is to demonstrate their total 
power over the people, so that they will not 
resist. Khader is showing himself, and all of us, 
that the power to resist is always in our hands. 
Occupation forces cannot take that away from us.

BW: Mousa, you were in jail for more than six 
years. You were beaten so badly during your 
interrogation for your first imprisonment that 
they had to take you to the hospital. You’ve had 
your house raided in the middle of the night 
several times, and any time you know they might 
take you away and put you in administrative 
detention again, even if you haven’t done 
anything. How do you continue working with the 
popular struggle? How do you keep resisting?

MAM: People like me, like Khader, like 
Tamimi [imprisoned organizer from 
Saleh], we made a commitment a long time ago to 
resist. We promised ourselves and our people that 
we would face the occupation and look it in the eye.

Of course, I do not want to go to prison again. I 
want to have a life with my wife and my daughter. 
We Palestinians are not robots, we are not living 
just to resist. We want to have a normal life, to 
laugh and joke and go to the park with our 
children. But we also want to keep our commitment 
to ourselves and our people: we will stand up to 
the occupation. We will not let them own us. Even 
if the only way to resist their control is to 
refuse them, to refuse their food, their water, 
their medical treatment, then that is what we 
will do. Khader Adnan is continuing the 
resistance to the very end. He is actually 
fighting for life, life with justice and dignity.

Bekah Wolf is a co-founder of the Palestine 
Solidarity Project, and has worked in the West 
Bank since 2003. She is married to Mousa Abu Maria.

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