In solidarity with Khader Adnan!

The Palestinian political prisoner Khader Adnan has now reached its 57th day of hunger strike (Feb 12).  Khadr Adnan, who is Islamic Jihad‘s spokesperson, has been detained without trial, and subjected to torture and humiliation by the State of Israel since its imprisonment. His strike is the longest one-man strike in the history. The Palestinian resistant began his hunger strike began on December 18—a day after his arrest. After 56 days of hunger strike he declared that he would continue with his strike because he is defending his dignity and not fasting in vain.

In a letter from Zeiv Hospital where he is receiving treatment, Adnan said he only drinks water and that he lost 42 kilograms.

He wrote in his letter that he started his battle offering his soul to God almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. He adds that he is defending his dignity and his people’s dignity and not doing this in vain.

He goes on by saying that the Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against the Palestinian people, especially prisoners. He is also describes the way he has been beaten humiliated, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and he therefore he swore to God that he would fight the policy of administrative detention to which he and hundreds of his fellow prisoners fell prey. 

Here is the last passage of the letter:

Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed. The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression. I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on,” he wrote.  It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans.”

His letter, delivered by Jalal Abu Wasil, a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs who visited him in hospital, also highlighted that Adnan refused to be examined by doctors.

The international media, as well as Al Jazeera, have in its great majority ignored the case of Khader Adnan. Most of the information highlighting Adnan’s situation were from social media via Twitter and blogs.
Until today Khadr Adnan has been held under illegal administrative detention, in other words no charges have been brought against him. He is nevertheless still kept in detention, while he was beaten and tortured during his interrogation.  

The Israeli authorities granted Adnan’s wife Randa a 30-minute family visit after more than 55 days of hunger strike and following the  special session held by the Israeli court in Zeif hospital in Safed where Adna’s is treated, in which his wife witnessed her frail husband vomiting blood and decalred that he could not pick up their daughter. He has no strength in his arms, she added.

A representative of the Prisoner advocacy organization Addameer was also present during the family visit, despite the fact Adnan’s attorney was barred of entry.  The representative of Addammeer organizations denounced the condition of Adnan as well and the mistreatment of Israeli authorities towards the Palestinian prisoner. He described the situation of Adnan the following way: ‘He is incredibly small and his clothes haven’t been changed and he hasn’t showered since being arrested. His nails haven’t been cut and there were blotch marks on his face and his teeth.’

In Gaza, solidarity hunger strikers built a protest tent in front the Red Crescent office, and in the West Bank, other political prisoners joined Adnan in a strike.

Internationally, Samidoun, the Palestinian political prisoners’ solidarity network issued a petition in favor of Adnan Khader, pressured, and demanded support for the Palestinian Prisoner from Israeli embassies and U.S. officials. The case of Adnan Khader is becoming increasingly shared among activists of the Palestinian cause. Tommy McKearney, who spent 53 days on hunger strike as part of the 1980-81 Irish hunger strikes sent a video message of support for Adnan Khader.

The organization Addameer chronicled the detention of Khader Adnan:

Each day, Khader was subjected to two three-hour interrogation sessions. Throughout the interrogation sessions, his hands were tied behind his back on a chair with a crooked back, causing extreme pain to his back. Khader notes that the interrogators would leave him sitting alone in the room for half an hour or more. Khader also suffered from additional ill-treatment. During the second week of interrogation, one interrogator pulled his beard so hard that it caused his hair to rip off. The same interrogator also took dirt from the bottom of his shoe and rubbed it on Khader’s mustache as a means of humiliation

On Friday evening 30 December 2011, Khader was transferred to Ramleh prison hospital because of his deteriorating health from his hunger strike. He was placed in isolation in the hospital, where he was subject to cold conditions and cockroaches throughout his cell. He has refused any medical examinations since 25 December, which was one week after he stopped eating and speaking. The prison director came to speak to Khader in order to intimidate him further and soldiers closed the upper part of his cell’s door to block any air circulation, commenting that they would “break him” eventually

It should be reminded that there are currently 307 prisoners in administrative detention, without charge, in Israeli jails. The practice was started under British mandate rule. In addition to this and according to prisoner advocacy groups there are at least 4500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many without being charged or facing trial.

Khader Adnan has already been imprisoned in the past by Israelis authorities and he was released after 3 weeks because he entered in a hunger strike to protest his illegal detention. In Ashkelon prison in 2001 and 2002, he was an organizer in the prison, and he used to lead classes about Palestinian history and the uprising.

The struggle of Khader Adnan represents the will of the Palestinians people to not step down in front the Israeli oppression.  His hunger strike is not a way to die, no on the opposite he is showing his commitment to resistance in the only way he can right now, with his own body. He is actually fighting for life, life with justice and dignity.

Freedom for Khader Adnan and for all the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli Jails!

Viva a Free Palestine!
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