Court moves up date for Palestinian hunger striker (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN 02/21/12)
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The High Court of Justice in Jerusalem will hear the appeal of a
Palestinian hunger striker on Tuesday, following a last-minute
request on Monday to move the hearing up from Thursday.
Khader Adnan is currently on the 65th day of his hunger strike, the
longest by a Palestinian prisoner in Israel. Adnan is being held at
the Galilee Medical Faculty in Safed, and doctors who have treated
him said that he is on the verge of death and it is unclear how long
he can keep up the strike.
He is set to be released from administrative detention in May, but
last week he issued an appeal to the High Court requesting he be
Supporters plan to hold solidarity protests in support of Adnan
outside the courthouse during the 3 p.m. hearing.
The 33-year-old Islamic Jihad member from the West Bank village of
Arrabe began the hunger strike on December 18, the day after he was
arrested in his home by IDF troops. Adnan called the strike over what
he said was abusive treatment by the arresting soldiers and to
protest administrative detentions, in which suspects arrested by the
IDF in the West Bank are held indefinitely without knowing the
charges against them.
There are over 300 Palestinians under administrative detention in
Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation
of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said on Sunday that
Adnan’s case “is a revealing microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of
MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List – Ta’al) visited Adnan in Safed on
Monday, and called on Israeli authorities to release Adnan
immediately, before he faces “a certain death which Israel would be
If Adnan dies in Israeli custody “it will ignite flames and wild
protests in the West Bank and across the world,” Tibi said.
Falk also drew a parallel between Adnan’s story and the campaign to
release Gilad Schalit, held captive by Hamas for over five years in
Gaza, saying it shows “the contrast that is drawn in the West between
the dignity of a single Israeli prisoner held in captivity and the
steadfast refusal to be attentive to the abuse of thousands of
Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails through court sentence or
Deputy Speaker MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Monday called for the
Knesset plenum to discuss the matter of the Arab MKs who visited
Adnan this past week to show their support.
“The Arab MKs are welcome to join the terrorist in his strike, but
that won’t deter Israel from defending its citizens,” Danon said.
Danon accused the Arab MKs of having “crossed all red lines in their
support for a terrorist, and for condemning the state of Israel.”
Danon said the place of these MKs “is in the diplomatic bureau of
[Hamas leader Khaled] Mashaal and not in the Knesset.”
Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 02/21/12)
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