Khader Adnan in ‘Critical Condition’ as Hunger Strike Continues
7 June 2015
Adnan, who staged one of the longest hunger strikes in history in 2012, is showing sharp weight loss and low heart rate as a result of his ongoing protest of being held in Israeli prison under administrative detention, PA offical Issa Qaraqe said. Adnan, a father of six children, was detained on July 8, 2014 and sentenced to administrative detention for the 10th time in his life. Palestinians held in administrative detention can be held without charge or trial for months or years, and are denied access to the evidence that led to their detention.
In an open letter released last month, Adnan wrote that the goal of his strike is to resist Israel and prevent it from tarnishing the achievement of prisoners who secured their freedom by going on hunger strikes in the past, only to be rearrested by military forces. Qaraqe held the Israeli government responsible for Adnan’s deteriorating health, demanding an end to Israel’s use of administrative detention, a policy he says is enacted excessively, in contravention to international and humanitarian laws which stipulate the practice be used only in extenuating circumstances. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Center for Studies reported a significant increase in administrative detention orders in the first three months of 2015 over the same period the previous year.
Adnan was arrested near Jenin in July 2014 during an Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank, one of many former prisoners re-arrested for unclear reasons. In November an Israeli military court ruled to release Adnan after five months without trial or charge, however that ruling was never implemented.
In 2012, he took part in a 66-day hunger strike against his detention without trial or charge. The agreement that released him on April 18 of that year also ended a hunger strike of 2,000 Palestinian prisoners, who had called for an end to administrative detention.
Despite Israel’s agreement to the demand at the time, around 500 Palestinians are currently being held under administrative detention, out of a total of nearly 6,000 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.