[Pnews] Palestinian Khader Adnan prevails after 58-day hunger strike

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  Khader Adnan prevails after 58-day hunger strike

Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 19 
November 2018


Khader Adnan <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/khader-adnan> was 
released from prison on 13 November after refusing food for 58 days in 
protest of his administrative detention.

This was the West Bank resident’s third long-term hunger strike since 
2012 to resist his repeated imprisonment without charge or trial by 
Israeli occupation authorities.

Adnan refused to take supplements or undergo medical examinations during 
his strike, and even stopped drinking water during the last day. Israeli 
authorities have transferred Adnan several times in an attempt to 
isolate and humiliate him, prisoners advocates say.

His health deteriorated 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/1974373289294027> sharply during 
his protest.

This video shows Adnan reuniting with his children upon his release:

    "إرفعوا شارة النصر والسبابة"... لحظة لقاء الشيخ خضر عدنان بأطفاله
    عقب الافراج عنه من سجون الاحتلال

    تصوير: معتصم سقف الحيط pic.twitter.com/6u9IXaHFdO

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) November 13, 2018

“Adnan, 40, has become a symbol of the steadfastness and resistance of 
imprisoned Palestinians following his multiple hunger strikes,” 
prisoners rights group Samidoun 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/samidoun> stated 

“He has received widespread international solidarity with the strikes, 
which have drawn attention to the collective struggle of all Palestinian 

Adnan is from the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. He previously 
undertook two prolonged hunger strikes: 66 days in 2012 
and 55 days in 2015 

His most recent arrest 
was on 11 December, after which he was indefinitely imprisoned without 
charge or trial for almost a year.

At the beginning of September, Adnan launched a hunger strike that 
lasted until the end of October to protest his administrative detention.

Administrative detention orders are typically issued for six-month 
periods, but can be renewed indefinitely. Under such orders, detainees 
are held without charge or trial and unable to see evidence against them.

    Appeals against AD are allowed, but the lawyers have no information
    on which to base their arguments. The file stays secret.
    pic.twitter.com/20ILqUasIJ <https://t.co/20ILqUasIJ>

    — Addameer –الضمير (@Addameer) April 16, 2018

This Israeli practice is a direct continuation of British colonial rule 
and constitutes a war crime, according 
<https://twitter.com/Addameer/status/985781894636867584> to prisoners 
rights group Addameer <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer>.

It is primarily used against Palestinians, with few exceptions 

Adnan terminated his strike when the Israeli army agreed to try him on 
29 October, after postponing his trial 17 times.

Israel accuses Adnan of being a member of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian 
political and resistance organization. Israel considers virtually all 
Palestinian parties to be “terrorist” organizations.

He was tried and sentenced to one year including time served, which left 
a few days for him to remain in prison before his release.

Israel subjects Palestinians from the West Bank to trial in a military 
court, while Israeli settlers are subject to civilian courts.

Israel’s military courts lack basic due process and have a near-100 
percent conviction rate for Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoner Rizk Rajoub 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/rizk-rajoub> terminated 
<https://www.qudsn.co/article/163367> his hunger strike on Sunday after 
reaching an agreement with Israeli occupation authorities to limit his 
administrative detention to four months.

Israel subjected Rajoub, 61, to solitary confinement during his strike, 
which lasted more than three weeks.

Rajoub waged a hunger strike last December, when the Israeli military 
court made him choose 
between administrative detention and exile in Sudan.

Rajoub has spent approximately 20 years in Israeli prisons, 10 of them 
in detention without charge or trial. He is from the occupied West Bank 
village of Dura.

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