[Pnews] Palestinian Political Prisoner, Khader Adnan, Renews Hunger Strike

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Tue May 12 13:24:36 EDT 2015

  Khader Adnan Renews Hunger Strike

author Tuesday May 12, 2015 20:08author by IMEMC News & Agencies

    Former Palestinian hunger striker and detainee, Khader Adnan, has
    been on a hunger strike for seven consecutive days in protest of his
    administrative detention in Israeli jails, without charge or trial,
    according to Adnan's family.

Shortly after he announced a hunger strike, Adnan was transferred to a 
solitary cell by the Israeli prison administration as a punitive 
measure, his family told WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency.

Adnan is a senior Islamic Jihad official and a former prisoner and 
hunger striker. He was re-arrested by the Israeli authorities in July 8, 
2014, two years after he was released from Israeli prisons following a 
66-day hunger strike against administrative detention, where no formal 
charges were laid against him.

Adnan is said to be a pioneer of the lone-wolf hunger strike movement in 
Israeli jails, where prisoners protest their administrative detention by 
launching an individual, rather than mass hunger strikes.

Though he has been detained several times since 1999 on the basis of 
alleged activities related to Islamic Jihad, Israel has never charged 
him with involvement in attacks on Israelis.

Under administrative detention, Israel detains Palestinians without a 
direct charge and holds them in jail for indefinite, renewable periods.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger 
strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and 
to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.

In the meantime, the health condition of the three Palestinian prisoners 
detained in the Israeli Naqab prison have recently deteriorated due to 
deliberate medical negligence by Israel, the Palestinian Prisoner’s 
(PPS) reported on Tuesday.

Prisoner Ahmad Salmi Salameh, 31, from Qalqilia, who was arrested in 
2003 and sentenced to 24 years in jail, suffers from an injury in his 
arm as a result of an Israeli bullet wound during his arrest; his arm is 
nearly 70% paralyzed due to being denied the necessary medical 
treatment. Salameh filed a petition at an Israeli court to demand 
providing him with treatment, however, his petition was rejected by the 

As for prisoner Mansour Shahatit from Hebron who was arrested in 2004 
and sentenced to 17 years in jail, PPC reported that he suffers from 
neurological problems, a tumor in his neck, in addition to heart, 
breathing and joint problems. The prison clinic prescribed a medicine 
for Shahatit, however, the prison administration refused to provide him 
with it.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Nasri Abur-rub from Jenin, who was sentenced to 24 
years in jail in 2003, has been suffering from serious intestinal 
infections which have severally worsened, causing him internal bleeding 
for years, due to medical negligence.

More than 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently held 
captive in Israeli jails. There are around 1500 sick prisoners 
distributed across Israeli jails, most of whom suffer from chronic diseases.

Medical negligence has widely been reported as a systematic policy by 
the Israeli Prison Authority.

Palestinian prisoners are held in overcrowded cells that lack basic 
health standards, including the infestation of insects and rats, extreme 
cold and lack of heating methods, and wastewater leakage into their 
cells, which further aggravates their already poor conditions.

According to Addameer 
<http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=Addameer&button=Search+%3E%3E> human 
rights association, “Israeli authorities responsible for prisoners 
regularly neglect their duties to provide medical support for 
Palestinian prisoners in their care, as required by the Geneva Conventions.”

“Medical problems are widespread, and range in severity from chest 
infections and diarrhea to heart problems and kidney failure. Treatment 
is often inadequate and is delivered after substantial delays. Often 
medication is limited to over-the-counter pain killers.”
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