High Court to hear hunger-striker Adnan’s petition (JERUSALEM POST) By JOANNA PARASZCZUK, BEN HARTMAN AND LAHAV HARKOV 02/20/12)
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The High Court of Justice will on Thursday hear a petition filed by a
Palestinian entering the 64th day of a hunger strike, the court
announced on Sunday.
Khader Adnan will be on the 68th day of his hunger strike by the time
the court hears his petition. As with all High Court hearings, there
is no guarantee that the justices will make a decision on the same
Last week, Adnan filed a petition to the High Court after the Ofer
Military Court of Appeals rejected his appeal to release him from
Last Thursday, Justice Uzi Vogelman ruled that the petition could go
ahead and would be heard before a panel of three justices.
Vogelman ordered the respondents in the petition – the military court
of appeals, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF
military commander in the West Bank – to file their response within
24 hours of Thursday’s hearing.
He also requested that Adnan, who is currently chained to a hospital
bed in Safed’s Galilee Medical Center, should be brought to the
hearing if his medical situation permits it.
Meanwhile, as Adnan’s attorney Jawad Boulus visited him in the
hospital on Sunday, Physicians for Human Rights and Palestinian
prisoner rights group Addameer slammed the High Court’s decision to
hold the hearing on Thursday – which they say could be too late for
Adnan – calling on the court to reschedule it for an earlier time.
“The High Court of Justice was provided with a detailed medical
report prepared on February 14 by an Israeli-accredited doctor on
behalf of Physicians for Human Rights, Israel,” Physicians for Human
Rights spokeswoman Yael Marom said on Sunday evening, adding that the
petition had included an “elaborate medical report” which claimed
Adnan is in “immediate danger of death.”
Adnan’s lawyers filed the petition after the military court of
appeals refused to cancel the four-month administrative detention
order against Adnan, who was arrested for “activities that threaten
state security” according to the IDF. On February 9, military court
Judge Moshe Tirosh found that the order, which was made on the basis
of a confidential report, was balanced.
Adnan began his hunger strike on December 18 to protest what he said
was abusive treatment suffered during his arrest a day earlier at his
home in the West Bank village of Arrabe outside Jenin. Adnan later
announced that it is in protest of the entire practice of
administrative detention in the West Bank.
“Administrative detention” refers to arrests carried out by the IDF
on behalf of the Shin Bet, in which the detainee is not informed of
the charges against him and is not brought before a judge to contest
his arrest. The detentions are typically ordered for up to six
months, but can be extended indefinitely after the end of that period.
According to Prisons Service figures, there were 307 Palestinians in
administrative detention at the end of December 2011, up from 219 in
January 2011. Adnan was given a four-month administrative detention
order on January 8, and has said he will not end his strike until he
is either released or told what charges he faces.
Adnan, a member of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, has become a cause
celebre in the Palestinian territories in recent weeks, and protests
have been held in support of his cause in both the West Bank and the
While a number of Palestinians in Israeli jails have announced their
intention to go on hunger strike in solidarity with Adnan, a Prisons
Service spokeswoman said Sunday that only a handful had carried out
such threats and for only a few days at a time each.
MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) also visited Adnan in the hospital on
Sunday. He said Adnan is in “critical and dangerous” condition and
has lost 30 kilos.
Zahalka called for Adnan’s immediate release, saying that Adnan will
not eat unless he is put on trial. He added that Adnan’s
administrative arrest without a trial is a crime.
In response to Zahalka’s visit, MK Danny Danon (Likud) said that even
if the Balad MK joins the hunger strike, it will not stop Israel from
defending its citizens.
“Zahalka’s loyalty is to terrorists and murderers and not the State
of Israel,” Danon said. “This is the continuation of traitorous
provocations by Arab MKs. Zahalka joins [MKs Haneen] Zoabi, [Ahmed]
Tibi and [Ibrahim] Sarsour in praising terrorism against Israel. They
belong with Hamas and not in the Knesset.” (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 02/20/12)
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