[Ppnews] Khader Adnan - Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike

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Sun Feb 12 14:31:07 EST 2012

Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike
Palestinian inmates join Khader Adnan, who has gone 56 days without 
food or water to protest his pre-trial detention.

Last Modified: 12 Feb 2012 15:16

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have joined a 
fellow inmate on a hunger strike, after human rights groups reported 
the original protester's life was in danger.

Khader Adnan, widely believed to be a leader of the Palestinian group 
Islamic Jihad, has been refusing food and water since he was detained 
on December 17, without trial or charge.

Jamil Khatib, Adnan's lawyer, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that an 
appeal against his detention will likely be decided by an Israeli 
military court on Monday.

On Thursday, Adnan appealed his detention without charge before an 
Israeli military judge sitting in a special session in hospital.

His hunger strike, longer than any Palestinian prisoner before him, 
according to Palestinian officials, is in protest over what he calls 
his unjust detention and mistreatment by Israeli authorities.

Human Rights Watch on Saturday called on Israel to "immediately 
charge or release" him.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said 
in a statement that Israel should "immediately end its unlawful 
administrative detention" of Khader Adnan and "charge or release him".

Administrative detention

Adnan was arrested from his house in the occupied West Bank on 
December 17, and given a four-month administrative detention order by 
an Israeli military court on January 10.

Hundreds of Palestinians, protesting outside Ofer Prison in the West 
Bank in solidarity with Adnan on Saturday, were dispersed by Israeli 
soldiers using rubber bullets and tear gas.

An Israeli military spokesman said that protesters had "hurled rocks 
at security forces".

In addition, two Israelis and two Palestinians were arrested in a 
separate rally for Adnan in the West Bank village of Beit Omar, the 
military and activists said.

There are currently some 310 Palestinians in administrative 
detention, a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold 
prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial.

"Israel should end, today, before it's too late, its almost 
two-month-long refusal to inform Adnan of any criminal charge or 
evidence against him," Whitson said.

Mistreatment allegations

On Friday, Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle 
East peace process, called on Israel "to do everything in its power 
to preserve the health of the prisoner and resolve this case while 
abiding by all legal obligations under international law".

Adnan's wife, Randa, complained that medical staff were 
him badly after she visited him in hospital on February 7, the first 
time since his detention.

His health is deteriorating, she said, adding that a doctor had 
"mocked him when he asked for water and said that he should also stop 
drinking water".

"A lot of the hair on his face and head has fallen off. He has not 
been allowed to shower or wash during all his time in detention, nor 
is he allowed to wear warm clothes in this cold weather," Randa said.

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