Khader Adnan reaches deal to end hunger strike

Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan will be released

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan has reached a deal with the Israeli authorities to end his 50-plus-day hunger strike and will be released on July 12, said Knesset members after negotiations on late Sunday night.

Khader Adnan was on hunger strike since May 5 to protest his detainment under administrative detention being extended, which allows Israel to hold prisoners without charging them.

Balad, an Israeli-Arab party, MK Jamal Zahalka said that the deal was expected to be signed on Monday morning.

“The strike will be over the moment the deal is signed,” and Adnan will agree to receive medical treatment, Zahalka added.

Zahalka went to hospital with other members of Knesset from the Joint List on  Sunday night to support Adnan’s family.

Adnan’s wife Rande Mousa said in a statement that his six children and father-in-law would not leave the hospital yard and the condition of her husband was severe and shocking.

She also said that they would not be silent against her husband’s dying and had called all human rights supporters to attend the sit-in protest with them.

According to statement of Secretary-General of the United Nations made in New York, Ban Ki-moon asked the Israeli authorities to sue for Khader Adnan and all other administrative detainees or release them saying that administrative detainees have the right of a fair trial according to international standards.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday that Adnan faced “immediate risk of death.’’

"Every minute, every second, every hour that passes makes his situation worse," said Adnan’s lawyer, Jawad Bolous in a news conference held in Ramallah days ago.

Ten of thousands Palestinians marched through the Al Aqsa mosque compound on Friday in support of Khader Adnan as he continues hunger strike for nearly two months and called for his immediate release.

The Israeli Intelligence can detain the Palestinians from one to six months under name of ‘’administrative detention,’’ claiming confidential security information.

If the detainee is decided to pose danger for the security of Israel, a military judge can extend the detention to five years without any charges.

Khader Adnan was detained by Israel for the 10th time in his life on July 8, 2014 in a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank’s city of Jenin after being detained several times before.

There have been approximately 6,500 Palestinian detainees in Israeli  prisons.

Since 1967, 206 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons. Of these, 71 from torture, 54 of medical incompetence, 74 intentionally upon arrest and seven  were killed as a result of being shot by soldiers directly. Shortly after the release of dozens which were arrested, they lost their lives due to diseases caught within the prison conditions.

From 1967 until April 2015, approximately 850 thousand Palestinians, including females and children, were arrested by the Israeli forces.

Since 28 September 2000, more than 85,000 Palestinians; including more than 10,000 children,  1,200 females, 65 former ministers and deputies. The decision to administratively detain 24,000 people has been made.

In the last four years, 3,755 children have been arrested; 1,266 of them were arrested in 2014.

In Israeli prisons, there are currently 480 Palestinians who have been given life sentences one or more times, as well as 24 females and 200 boys, 480 administrative detainees, 14 deputies, two former ministers, as well as 500 patients; 80 with life-threatening illnesses.

Eighty five Palestinian prisoners, who are among the released Palestinians by the "Prisoner Exchange Deal" for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalet, were later re-arrested.

TRTWorld and agencies