Fifty Days On Hunger Strike

February 6, 2012 · Print This Article

A Palestinian prisoner, 33-year-old Khader Adnan, passed his fiftieth day on hunger strike last week, protesting along with 300 other inmates against the Israeli policy of internment without trial (‘administrative detention’). Details about the case (below) can be read at the website, The Electronic Intifada.

“We have reached a moment no one can be silent anymore. Khader Adnan is now on his 50th day of hunger strike! No matter who you are, you cannot overlook Khader Adnan’s current condition. The silence of many human rights organization is deafening, it is intolerable and unforgivable. Khader Adnan is currently the longest lasting Palestinian on a hunger strike.

Khader Adnan has entered his 50th day of hunger strike protesting his illegal detention by Israel. Adnan was sentenced with administrative detention, which basically means Israel holds no charge or any evidence against him. Adnan is held in Israeli prisons without charge and without facing proper trial or prosecution, this is illegal under international law which clearly states that detainees should face proper prosecution and should have their charges read out for them.

“Khader Adnan, 33 years old, was born on the 24th of March, 1978. He resides in the village of Arraba, Jenin. Adnan is married with two daughters; his wife is five months pregnant with a third child. He was arrested on the 17th of December 2011 from his house in Arraba, at 3:30 AM as soldiers raided his house. He is now detained at the Ramleh prison hospital, chained to his bed. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, has the account on the arrest of Khader Adnan:

Before entering his house, soldiers used the driver that takes Khader’s father to the vegetable market, Mohammad Mustafa, as a human shield by forcing him to knock on the door of the house and call out Khader’s name while blindfolded. A huge force of soldiers then entered the house shouting. Recognizing Khader immediately, they grabbed him violently in front of his two young daughters and ailing mother.

Khader Adnan’s health is rapidly and seriously deteriorating. Although he has been moved to the prison hospital, Adnan wasn’t subject to any medical checks or treatment; instead his arms and legs have been tied to the bed he sleeps on, along with 3 guards guarding his room. Addameer also reported that his family members were prevented from visiting; the Israeli authorities didn’t grant any of his family members any permits that would enable them to visit. Addameer issued a statement stating that the probable reason Adnan was moved to hospital was to further isolate him from his family, lawyers, and other prisoners.

“Currently, according to B’Tselem, there are about 307 Palestinians held under administrative detention. Israel continues to hold Palestinians without charge and without proper trial. The Israeli paper Haaretz has reported that – to be exact, 99.74% of cases heard by the Israeli military courts in the West Bank end in a conviction, according to data in the military courts’ annual report. The injustice of the Israeli court system is crystal clear to everyone; Khader Adnan is in the process of resisting this terrible injustice. In the last couple of days, it has been reported that a dozen more prisoners have joined Khader Adnan in his hunger strike, and many others are preparing. It is frustrating to know that Palestinians are now resorting to this last method to resist the injustice of the Israeli occupation. Please get their voice heard, and fight this injustice, especially the terrible court system.

“Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association has also issued a call for action, here is how you can help Khader Adnan: Write to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities and demand that Khader Adnan be released immediately and that his administrative detention not be renewed.

To – Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit, Military Judge Advocate General, 6 David Elazar Street, Harkiya, Tel Aviv, Israel. Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526. Email:;

To – Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi, OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam. Fax: +972 2 530 5741.

To – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Ministry of Defense, 37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya, Tel Aviv 61909, Israel. Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757.

To – Col. Eli Bar On, Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5, Beth El 90631, Fax: +972 2 9977326.

“Write to your own elected representatives urging them to pressure Israel to release Khader Adnan and to put an end to such an unjust, arbitrary and cruel system of incarceration without trial.”



5 Responses to “Fifty Days On Hunger Strike”

  1. Caitlin Ni Chonaill on February 9th, 2012 2:53 pm

    Despite the fact that Khader Adnan is now on the 54th day of his hunger strike, the Israeli Appeals Court has chosen to delay a decision on his Administrative Detention. This act of callous inhumanity comes on top of the brutal treatment to which he is being subjected at the Israeli military prison. He continues to be held in appalling conditions despite the agony of his protest.

    The Israeli section of Physicians for Human Rights and the prisoners’ support organisation Addameer, who have both been fighting on his behalf, have published updates on the details of his incarceration, his physical condition and his fight for justice.

    These updates can be seen on their websites:

    Given the critical stage of Khader Adnan’s hunger strike, PHR representative Hadas Ziv can be contacted directly :
    Tel. 054-6623232 email.

  2. Caitlin Ni Chonaill on February 14th, 2012 6:20 am

    Yesterday, 13th February, the Israeli Military Appeals Court dismissed the appeal against the Administrative Detention Order on Khader Adnan who is currently on the 58th day of hunger strike and ruled that he serve the full term of the Order which terminates on 8th May.

    For full details see report by Addameer Prisoners’ Support organisation at:

  3. Tommy Donnellan on February 14th, 2012 10:39 am

    After fifty-nine days on hunger strike, Palestinian political prisoner Khader Adnan is now hovering on the brink of death, yesterday, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign activists held a four and a half hour vigil outside the Israeli Embassy in Pembroke Road, Dublin, where honorable comparison with Bobby Sands and the other resistance hunger strikers was made by Raymond Deane in this video interview. Palestinians have also warmly welcomed Tommy McKearney’s solidarity video for Khader: “Tommy McKearney, one of the participants of the legendary 1980-81 Irish hunger strikes has sent a video message of solidarity to Khader Adnan and his family.” IPSC Solidarity Vigil For Hunger Striker Khader Adnan in Dublin 13-2-2012

  4. Tommy Donnellan on February 14th, 2012 3:06 pm

    In a strong Al Jazeera article, Palestinian American journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah continues to evoke the sacrifices of Bobby Sands and his fellow hunger strikers and to express thanks to Tommy McKearney for his Khader Adnan solidarity video: In more recent memory are the Irish hunger strikes by IRA and Republican prisoners in Belfast’s Maze Prison in 1980-81. Ten of the men – most famously Bobby Sands, just 27 years-old, who endured 66 days – fasted to death. During his strike Sands was even elected a member of the British Parliament – a fact murals on the walls of Belfast still commemorate by affixing the letters “MP” after his name.

    The government of Margaret Thatcher refused to yield to the demands of the hunger strikers to be treated as political prisoners. Yet their sacrifice galvanised global support and greatly embarrassed the British, pressure that arguably contributed to eventual peace.
    A message of support from Tommy McKearney

    Last week Tommy McKearney, who spent 53 days on hunger strike in 1980, sent a video message of solidarity with Khader Adnan. McKearney, himself a former member of the IRA, lived to contribute to peace in his country, just as his comrades did with their deaths. But Bobby Sands and his comrades need not have died had wiser, more humane policies prevailed at the time. And Khader Adnan need not die today or tomorrow. But it will take the world to speak out now to save him. The determination, unflinching courage and self-sacrifice of Adnan’s hunger strike has captured the imagination and support of people everywhere. He deserves our respect, but more importantly right now, he needs us to raise our voices.

  5. Rick Johnson on February 21st, 2012 11:02 am

    Maybe Ireland can rename the street that the Israel embassy is on to Khader Adnan Street.

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