Palestinian ends hunger strike after Israel agrees to release (CNN) Cable News Network) By Kevin Flower JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 02/21/12)
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Jerusalem (CNN) -- A West Bank man who became an unlikely symbol of
Palestinian resistance to Israeli detention policies ended his 66-day
long hunger strike Tuesday after the Israeli government announced
that he would be freed in April.
Israel´s Justice Ministry said Khader Adnan´s detention would be
shortened and not renewed "as long as no new significant and
substantiate material" was presented against him.
Word of Adnan´s pending release was greeted with celebrations on the
street in his West Bank village of Araba and his wife, Randa Adnan
told CNN she was happier than the day she was married.
Adnan, 33, who served a spokesman for the Palestinian militant group
Islamic Jihad was arrested by Israeli security forces December 17,
2011, at his home near the West Bank city of Jenin. He began a hunger
strike, according to his family, after Israeli interrogators
subjected him to humiliation and verbal abuse.
Adnan´s two-month protest was the longest hunger strike in
Palestinian history and was a high stakes gamble that succeeded in
bringing international attention to Israel´s arrest and detention
policies for Palestinians.
His doctors said he was on the brink of death.
The hunger strike become a rallying cry for Palestinians, who staged
multiple rallies of support in the West Bank and Gaza and launched a
social media campaign to shed light on Israel´s policy of
administrative detention, a controversial practice that allows
authorities to detain people indefinitely. There is no requirement to
charge detainees held under this practice.
At the end of 2011, Israel had 307 Palestinians under administrative
detention, according to B´Tselem, an Israeli human rights group. That
was a 40% increase in the number of detentions from a year earlier,
the group said.
The Israeli military never said what evidence it held against Adnan
and refused to release details about his arrest, saying only he was
being held on an "administrative warrant for activities that threaten
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Adnan was a leader
of "brutal terrorist group" and that he constituted "a real threat to
the public" though he offered no specifics.
Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed militant group, has been blamed for
suicide bombings in Israel that have killed dozens. Both the United
States and the European Union consider the group a terrorist
Adnan´s wife denied her husband was involved in any violent
activities. She said despite previous arrests, Israel has never
produced evidence he was a senior figure within the Islamic Jihad.
Islamic Jihad had warned Israeli authorities not to harm Adnan, and
photos and tributes fill a website maintained by the group. (© 2012
Cable News Network 02/21/12)
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