[Pnews] Long-time Palestinian Hunger Striker Khader Adnan Released from Prison
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Thu Nov 15 11:36:58 EST 2018
Long-time Palestinian Hunger Striker Khader Adnan Released from Prison
November 15, 2018
After a 58-day hunger strike which included several days of refusing
water as well as food, Khader Adnan has been freed from Israeli prison.
This was Adnan’s third such hunger strike – in 2011 he engaged in a
66-day long hunger strike, and in 2014 he again undertook a ‘hunger
strike to the death’ of 55 days. He became a symbol of Palestinian
hunger-striking prisoners and their steadfast resistance to the horrific
conditions and brutality of Israeli detention facilities.
Adnan has been repeatedly imprisoned by Israeli authorities, who accuse
him of being a member of a ‘banned organization’, Islamic Jihad. But he
has never been accused of engaging in any violent action or taking part
in armed resistance, simply of being considered a ‘security risk’, which
has landed him in prison for months and even years at a time without
specified charges. He has spent a total of eight years in Israeli prisons.
This most recent imprisonment lasted eleven months, with no charges
filed against him. He is one of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held
without charges under so-called ‘administrative detention’, in which
Israeli authorities imprison Palestinians indefinitely with no charges
or access to a legal system of trials and appeals.
Adnan’s 2011 hunger strike sparked a movement among Palestinian
prisoners – in 2012 around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners went on hunger
strike, demanding an end to the policy of administrative detention,
isolation and other punitive measures they faced.
On October 28^th of this year, after 57 days on hunger strike, Adnan
announced that he was going to stop drinking water. He went into
negotiations with Israeli authorities soon after, who agreed to release
him if he ended his hunger strike.
Informed sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that
Adnan was released after 11 months of administrative detention, which
was seen as sufficient by a military judge, who heard the case in late
October after Adnan decided to give up drinking water.
During the 58-day hunger strike, Adnan’s health seriously deteriorated
after he stopped taking supplements that help him survive the long fast.
Before ending his strike, he had begun to show serious symptoms such as
Adnan, aged 40, from Arrabeh village in the West Bank, told his lawyers
and visitors that he went on hunger strike to obtain his freedom. The
58-day open-ended hunger strike was in protest of his detention without
trial and the renewal old fabricated charges against him.
He ended his hunger strike following promises to hold a hearing for his
case and to halt the renewal of his detention.
Since the beginning of his the strike, Adnan was subjected to abusive
measures. He was isolated, moved from one detention center to another,
deprived of visitation and held in harsh prison conditions.
He is married and is a father of seven children, the oldest of whom is
10 years old and the youngest, Maryam, is 18 months.
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