Updates and Action: Khader Adnan appeal hearing in hospital; Irish former hunger striker expresses solidarity
As Khader Adnan enters his 54th day of hunger strike, your action to support his case is more critical than ever. An appeal hearing of the Israeli military court will be held in Zeif Hospital in Safad tomorrow, February 9 at 11 am, following earlier refusals to move the hearing from Ofer prison. The director of the hospital wrote to the court stating that he was refusing all treatment, and his condition is worsening. Please keep the pressure on: make phone calls, send letters, and protest to free Khader Adnan.
Tommy McKearney, a veteran of the hunger strikes of Irish Republican prisoners in the North of Ireland, sent a solidarity message to Khader Adnan via video, as international solidarity has continued to mount on the grassroots level, even as international officials remain shamefully silent. Bobby Sands, an Irish republican hunger striking political prisoner, died in 1981 after 66 days of hunger strike demanding rights for Irish political prisoners held by British colonial authorities:
Randa, Khader’s wife, visited him in the hospital on Tuesday, and reported on his condition:
She said he is being targeted for “assassination,” but he’s in good spirits and determined to continue his strike against Israel’s “illegitimate and inhumane policies.”
Randa was able to visit her husband Tuesday evening at Zeif hospital in Safad.
“Adnan is being targeted for a slow process of assassination” she said. She says she was “shocked” at her husband’s condition, and that he told her he feels he’s living the last moments of his life, she said.
“A lot of the hair on his face and head has fallen off. He has not been allowed to shower or wash during all his time in detention, nor is he allowed to wear warm clothes in this cold weather.”
She added that “during my visit, my husband’s heart swelled up and a medical crew neglected him for half an hour.”
A letter from imprisoned Palestinian national leaders Marwan Barghouti of Fateh and Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, called for Khader Adnan’s release as reports from inside Ofer prison revealed that 65 prisoners were engaged in a solidarity hunger strike that began on Tuesday.
Keep the pressure on! Continue to make phone calls, send letters, and protest for Khader Adnan and Palestinian prisoners! On Monday, Judge Dalya Kaufman said Khader Adnan’s medical condition was “acceptable.” Khader Adnan is dying to live on hunger strike – and it is anything but acceptable.
Activists around the world are joining solidarity hunger strikes on February 9. If you will join in, please join in the international Twitter actions to support Khader Adnan:
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