MK Tibi: Israel must free Palestinian hunger striker (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Maor Buchnik Published: 02.20.12, 15:27)
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Arab MK ´doesn´t understand rationale´ behind keeping Khader Adnan
shackled to hospital bed; warns of West Bank, Gaza protests if
prisoner dies in Israel
Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta´al) on Monday called
on the Israeli government to "immediately" release a Palestinian
prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months.
Khader Adnan, 33, has been held without charge under "administrative
detention" since mid-December. He is being kept shackled to a
hospital bed at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed despite warning that
he may be close to death.
"As a physician and Knesset member I find (the practice of shackling)
objectionable," Tibi said after meeting Adnan. He urged Israeli
authorities to release the prisoner and avoid the "harsh
ramifications" of his death in an Israeli hospital.
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel said it would file an appeal
with the administrative court in Petah Tikva, claiming that Adnan is
being kept chained to the bed 24 hours a day. The Israel Prison
Service said only one of Adnan´s feet is shackled to the bed – and
only during the night.
According to Tibi, Adnan´s life is in danger. "The prisoner has been
on a hunger strike for 64 days, and it is known that after 45 days
the body begins to decompose on its own. This is what Adnan is
experiencing now," the Arab lawmaker said.
Tibi also claimed that Adnan is kept chained to the bed all
day. "Even when he goes to the bathroom he is handcuffed," he said.
"Adnan is exhausted. He´s lost more than 30 kilos (66 pounds), so I
don´t understand the rationale behind keeping him shackled to the
bed – unless it´s for the purpose of humiliation and abuse," Tibi
"If he dies, the Israeli government and those who arrested him will
bear the criminal and public responsibility. This may lead to the
eruption of protests in the West Bank, Gaza and other places," the MK
"Adnan has become a symbol in the entire world. I´ve received a
message of support from a family in Northern Ireland whose son died
in prison. We are talking about a man who has never been charged of
hurting anyone or using a weapon. He is a political and public
Adnan, a resident of Arabeh, near Jenin, is a senior Islamic Jihad
figure in the West Bank. He was detained on December 17 and launched
a hunger strike the following day, claiming he was innocent.
He has been held under administrative detention before, and has
served time in Israel for various security offenses.
In early January Adnan was transferred to an Israel Prison Service
medical center, but he refused to be examined. Members of the Medical
Ethics Committee spoke with Adnan and gained the impression that he
does not want to die. The meaning of the decision is that IPS doctors
can give him transfusions of salts and sugars if necessary.
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