[Ppnews] Hunger striker Khader Adnan’s father says son’s morale is high

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Wed Feb 15 18:55:48 EST 2012

Hunger striker Khader Adnan's father says son's morale is "high" and 
appeals to parents of Gilad Shalit

Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 17:33

<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/khader-adnan>Khader Adnan is in 
good spirits and his morale is as high as the sky, said his father 
60 days of hunger strike that puts him at risk of imminent death.

Jihad Khader Adnan spoke today after visiting his son at Ziv Hospital 
where he is being held, manacled to the bed, according to reports.

A YouTube video shows Adnan's father speaking in Arabic to reporters 
and supporters shortly after the visit.

Jihad Adnan said of his son, "He does not undertake this hunger 
strike for its own sake, but he yearns for freedom for his people, 
for his countrymen, in order to live with heads held up high, without 

He said his son's condition was "stable" and "his morale is lifted to 
the sky." Adnan is being held by Israel as an "administrative 
detainee" without charge or trial. Earlier this week an Israeli 
military court rejected Adnan's appeal against the detention.

Jihad Adnan also addressed the Israeli people directly, thanking 
those who had shown support for his son, calling for his freedom, and 
appealed to the parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was 
held as a prisoner of war in Gaza for five years until last October.

"My son was arrested from his house, from among his wife and 
children, and was taken prisoner. He was not carrying any weapon," 
Jihad Adnan said, "Whereas [Gilad] Shalit was fighting against the 
people of Gaza, and destroying their homes, and firing on them, and 
Shalit was released."

"Where are the mother and father of Gilad Shalit? Do they not feel 
for me in this humanitarian case? Where are they?" Adnan added.

Jihad Adnan accused Israeli officials of cruelty and wanting his son 
dead as soon as possible. He also admonished regional leaders for 
their silence, and said his son would continue his hunger strike. He 
hoped to see his son "home again among his loved ones."

Dire condition

Meanwhile, <http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/81707906>Physicians for 
Human Rights Israel revealed more information regarding Khader 
Adnan's dire medical condition, from a doctor who examined him:

When I met the patient, he had been on hunger strike for 52 days, 
shackled to his bed by both legs and one arm, and was refusing to 
undergo tests and medical treatment. He has lost 30 kgs and weighs 60 
kg. He suffers from stomach aches, vomiting, sometimes with blood, 
and headaches. As of today, he is completely lucid and aware of his 
medical condition, without confusion or disorders in cognition 
or  perception. His general condition is pale and very weak, his 
tongue is smooth, he has slight bleeding from the gums, dry skin, 
loss of hair, and significant muscular atrophy.

His pulse is weak, blood pressure 100/75. He is permanently connected 
to a heart monitor.

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