Thursday, July 2, 2015
Khader Adnan

Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner and long-term hunger striker, has achieved victory for the second time via hunger strike; in the early morning of 29 June, after 55 days of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial, Adnan’s wife Randa announced that an agreement has been reached with his Israeli captors to release him on 12 July. She also stated that there is a commitment to end the use of administrative detention – under which Adnan has been held for over 6 years through multiple imprisonments – against Adnan.

Cartoon: Mohammed Sabaaneh

Khader Adnan, 37, a baker from Jenin and a political activist, was also released from Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial in 2012 after a 67-day hunger strike that sparked widespread international and Palestinian support and helped to revitalize the broad movement for Palestinian prisoners’ freedom. Released on 17 April 2012, he was re-arrested on 8 July 2014 and had been held since then without charge or trial. He launched his hunger strike on 5 May to protest the renewal of his administrative detention and had reached a critical health stage.

Randa and Adnan’s children and parents visited Adnan in Assaf Harofeh hospital, where he is being held, chained hand and foot to his hospital bed, following the announcement of the agreement. (Photos via @MalakaMohammed on Twitter.)

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its warmest congratulations to Khader Adnan and his family, and to the Palestinian people. Khader Adnan is a true Palestinian – and international – hero of justice and steadfastness, who has put his body on the line on multiple occasions and defeated a powerful occupier through courage, commitment and the solid support of the Palestinian people. He is like his over 5,000 sisters and brothers remaining in Israeli jails, a prisoner of freedom who yearns and struggles unceasingly for justice – and reminds us all of the urgency of struggling to free every Palestinian prisoner held behind bars at the hands of Israeli settler colonialism.

NOTE AND UPDATE – 29 June: Khader Adnan has reached an agreement to end his hunger strike and secure his release on 12 July 2015. Congratulations to Khader Adnan and the Palestinian people on this victory!

Palestinian political prisoner and long-term hunger striker Khader Adnan is facing severe threats to his health and life on his 54th day of hunger strike, reported Palestinian lawyers. Adnan, 37, is being held in Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial and launched his hunger strike on May 5 to protest the third renewal of this detention. Click here to take action and demand the release of Khader Adnan.

Adnan previously engaged in a 67-day hunger strike in 2012, winning his release from a previous administrative detention in a campaign that garnered widespread support and action from the Palestinian masses as well as broad international solidarity.

Palestinian lawyer Jawad Boulos said on Sunday, 28 June that Adnan is facing a critical health situation and “is on the verge of death.” The Mohja Jerusalem Association reported on Saturday that he was vomiting blood. Ha’aretz reported that Adnan is being held in Assaf Harofeh hospital, chained hand and foot to the bed with three guards in the room around the clock as his hunger strike continues. He has spent over 6 years in administrative detention without charge or trial.

“(Israel) is seeking to end Adnan’s hunger strike in a way that avoids them a feeling of crushing defeat,” Boulos said, at a press conference in Ramallah, on Saturday.

“On the other hand,” he added, “what Adnan seeks is very clear: either to be released or tried. Khader is a gift for humanity since he is willing to sacrifice his life, and all he asks Israel for is to treat him as a human.”

Growing protests across Palestine and around the world have demanded Adnan’s release, including a mass rally at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, 26 June. A day of demonstrations is planned for 29 June.

Take Action!

1. Send a letter/petition immediately to Israeli officials demanding the release of Khader Adnan. Make sure the international voice is heard demanding his freedom!

2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy for Khader Adnan and all Palestinian prisoners. Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this case in your next event about Palestine and social justice.

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DATE: Monday 22nd June 2015, 2pm-4pm
LOCATION: Outside Parliament, Parliament Square, London (near tube is Westminster)
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/901861463188869/

Please join us in a vigil outside Parliament to demand freedom for Palestinian hunger striker Sheikh Khader Adnan on the 50th Day of his hunger strike; and to demand an end to Israel’s illegal practice of punitive Administrative Detention whereby Palestinian political prisoners are caged indefinitely (some for nearly 10 years) without a charge or trial. Sheikh Khader Adnan is in critical condition, experiencing intermittent coma, his weight has dropped to a dangerous level and he is unable to stand or move , and his heart rate has dropped. The Israel Prison Service has forcibly transferred him to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where he is surronded by three prison guards while his hand and leg are shackled to the hospital bed.

SHEIKH KHADER ADNAN

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A former Palestinian political prisoner, Sheikh Khader Adnan is known as the father of the hunger strikers – the symbol of Palestinian resistance and steadfastness, In 2011 he was abducted and caged indefinitely without any charged or trial under Israeli illegal system of punitive administrative detention. To protest his illegal imprisonment he went on hunger strike and won his freedom. His successful 66 day hunger strike in 2012 – the longest in Palestinian history at the time, inspired over 1600 other Palestinian prisoners to hunger strike. Since his release Sheikh Khader Adnan has been the voice of the Palestinian political prisoners, ceaselessly defending their rights at every opportunity and thus is a thorn in the side of the occupation. He has been in and out of occupation prisons since his student days from 1999 due to his political stance against the occupation. He has spent more than 6 years of his life caged in occupation dungeons, yet he has never been formally charged with anything let alone stand trial for anything.
Sheikh Khader Adnan is a father of 6 children. Youngest are triplets under 2 year old – Ali, Hamza and Mohammed; his other son is aged 3 – Abd-Al-Rahman. His two daughters are Maali – the eldest just 7 years old, and Besan 5 years old. Khader Adnan has a degree in Mathematics, and runs a bakery in the town of Arrabah near Jenin in the West Bank. His wife Randa describes their marriage as a partnership: “Khader is not just my husband.. He is a partner in struggle. I’ve been with him to protests and together we support prisoners families. I never considered this a burden or an exhaustion but rather an asset. ” She stresses how loving and gentle Adnan is: “He always helped me look after the children, changing their diapers and doing stuff that some men never consider doing. During my pregnancy with triplets, Khader was the one cleaning the house and making every effort to keep me happy and comfortable.”

 

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On Tuesday 8th July 2014 he was returning home to share the Iftar meal with his family after the Ramadan fast when he was abducted at a temporary checkpoint the occupation had illegally set up near his home town. He was given a 6 month administrative detention order without charge or trial. When the occupation renewed the order in Jan 2015 with an additional 4 month administrative detention order Sheikh Khadar Adnan protested by going on a one week hunger strike, announcing beforehand the duration of the strike. And when that administrative detention finished and they again gave him another 6 month administrative detention order in May 2015, Sheikh Khadar Adnan started his open ended hunger strike on 6th May 2015. It must be noted that Khader Adnan’s hunger strike is complete – unlike many previous long term hunger strikers he is refusing vitamins and other nutritional supplements, so he cannot stay alive long. Reports suggest that on day 35 of his hunger strike he is already experiencing intermittent comas, a sharp decrease in weight and drop in his heart rate.

His mother says that “We discussed the issue before he was arrested again in July last year, I told him, please, if they arrest you again don’t go on hunger strike.’ He remained silent, but gave me a look that pierced my heart like a bullet — as if to ask me to respect his decision and not expect me to deprive him of the only weapon he would have.” Khader Adnan informed his wife and his father of his plan to go on hunger strike in case Israeli authorities were to renew his administrative detention. His father explains “Khader is not a nihilist.. He’s not doing this because he wants to die and because he wants to hurt himself. On the contrary, he’s going through this because he loves life and believes that this is the only way to achieve freedom.”
His wife is concerned with the lack of action on the ground “During the last time [hunger strike], serious protests on the ground began only after the 45th day of his hunger strike and after he was nearing [death]. We cannot wait so long this time,” She urges Palestinians and the wider solidarity movement to mobilise for the prisoners cause “Those who believe in this cause should face the authorities and take to the streets, even if it meant arrest. Freedom is not without a price.”

Adnan’s father believes that one of the factors contributing to the relative silence is fear. Not fear of Israel, however, but of the Palestinian Authority: “The Palestinian Authority regards my son as a threat because while Khader supports all forms of resistance, the Palestinian Authority supports all forms of normalization,” he said.
Similarly other Arab regimes have also ignored the plight of the hunger strikers as they did previously. During Khader Adnan’s last hunger strike Syed Hassan Nasrallah remarked on the silence of Arab regimes “If Khader Adnan was an Israeli citizen, the Arab governments would intervene at the highest level.”*

Such collaborationist stances by governments makes it all the more imperative for ordinary people to ‘take to the streets’ and demand freedom for Khader Adnan.

* http://www.english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=16748&cid=370#.VXVjvUYWmul

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MESSAGE FROM SHEIKH KHADER ADNAN ON DAY 30 OF HUNGER STRIKE

This is the english translation of the message from Sheikh Khader Adnan on day 30 of his hunger strike:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

All praises be to Allah in trials and tribulations, and All praises be to Allah in times of grief and happiness,

Peace and mercy upon his messenger Muhammed who was patient and all his family and companions who struggled in the valley of Abu Taleb through hunger, under a tight siege until Allah relieved their trial.

[This is a reference to early history of Islam when the first Muslims who accepted prophet Muhammed’s message of the oneness of God were persecuted and some tortured to death by the polytheists that Abu Taleb, the Prophets uncle, took them to safety in his valley under his tribes protection. The polytheists laid siege to the valley starving the Muslims inside – some days the Muslims had so little food that they had to share one date to feed two people. After 3 hard years of patience and struggle the siege collapsed and the Muslims could return home.]

To my people, my family, and to the world’s free souls I send you my greetings, love, and gratitude. It is the strength that I drawn from Allah, and from your support and prayers that gives me the power to continue.

From by beloved al-Ramla city with its majestic minarets.. its land and al-Lod which witnessed the massacre of 1948, I send you greeting a second time,

[Khader Adnan is currently in Ramla prison hospital, described by patients as a ‘slaughter house’ due to the conditions the patients are subjected to. The prison hospital is located in the ethnically cleansed Palestinian city of al-Ramla and its nearby city of Lydda (Lod) infamous of the massacre by Zionists in 1948 which left around 450 Palestinian men, women and children dead with 70,000 forcefully expelled from their homes.]

I would like you to know that I am not engaged in a personal fight for freedom. My battle is that of all Palestinian detainees who are yearning for freedom and dignity. They are the symbols of pride, freedom and dignity in this universe.. fighting for the noblest cause the world has known for decades.. when our land and our holy places were stolen.

Administrative detention is just one of the most despicable policies our people have ever witnessed. Britain bears responsibility for initiating this criminal policy, but that does not justify the occupations use of this detention against our people whose place is not to be detained inside these jails but to be home in our homeland with our families.

From the bottom of my heart, I express my gratitude for your support and solidarity. May Allah restore our freedom so that we can rejoin our families soon. The Israeli jailers try to break us down, but we promise them with Allah’s help and support and your solidarity that we will inshAllah win. This hunger strike continues until we win our freedom, inshAllah.

Khader Adnan, 4th June 2015 – day 30 of hunger strike

FORCE-FEEDING

On day 42 of his hunger strike (14th June 2015) the Israeli cabinet approved a bill permitting the force-feeding of hunger strikers in Israeli prisons. Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan who led the bill, justified it by writing “Alongside attempts to boycott and delegitimize Israel, hunger strikes of terrorists in prisons have become a means to threaten Israel”. The bill now just needs approval from the Knesset before it becomes law. The World Medical Association has described force-feeding of hunger-strikers as ‘tantamount to torture’. Physicians for Human Rights says the bill will ‘legalise torture and gross violations of medical ethics and international conventions’, noting that between 1970 and 1992 (when Israel permitted such force-feeding) five Palestinian prisoners died while being force-fed.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION

Administrative detention is a practice used by Israel to imprison Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial.

Prisoners are given rolling detention orders which can be anything from 1-6 months, renewable indefinitely. This is against international law. For example administrative detainee Mazen Natsheh has been locked up cumulatively for nearly 10 years without charge or trial.

Detention orders are based on so called “secret information” which never needs to be produced, either to the detainee nor their lawyer.

Administrative detention is often used to arbitrarily jail Palestinians where there is no evidence for a trial, or for punishment as in the case of 8 Palestinian MPs.

Israel has on average issued over 2000 detention orders every year (2007-2011). Today there are 450 administrative detainees. Most of them. like Khader Adnan, having been transferred from the West Bank into Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner held under administrative detention without charge or trial, and former hunger striker whose case drew world attention to the plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, has been ordered to solitary confinement for two weeks by Hadarim prison administration. Take Action: Demand the end of isolation and solitary confinement against Palestinian prisoners!

Adnan, 37, a baker from Jenin, launched his 66-day hunger strike in February 2012 when he was previously held in administrative detention without charge or trial, garnering international support and attention that led to his release. The iconic graphic image of Adnan by Palestinian artist Hafez Omar c1200px-2012.02.23.Ramallah.1overed the streets of Palestine and appeared in protests around the world. He is married to Randa and the father of five children.

Since his release, he has been a leading figure in supporting Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for freedom and justice, as well as international prisoners’ hunger strike campaigns.

He was re-arrested by Israeli soldiers on July 8, 2014 and ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial; his administrative detention was renewed for an additional six months, again without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence, in January 2015. Adnan launched a one-week protest hunger strike, which he stated in advance would last for one week, and would be resumed with any future administrative detention orders.

Randa Adnan, who had previously been allowed a family visit for the first time since Khader’s arrest in July after repeated denials, announced that he had been ordered to solitary confinement for two weeks by the prison administration.  This action came in retaliation for a Friday prayer sermon that Adnan delivered to his fellow prisoners in the prison yard last Friday, April 10, in which he denounced the ongoing crimes of the occupation against Palestinian prisoners, particularly sick prisoners, and mourned the loss of Jaafar Awad, 22, who died early Friday morning two months after his release from prison, after he became critically ill and was mistreated inside the prisons.

The use of solitary confinement and isolation, particularly long-term solitary confinement, is internationally recognized as inhumane treatment amounting to torture. “Segregation, isolation, separation, cellular, lockdown, Supermax, the hole, Secure Housing Unit (SHU)… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique,” said the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, to the UN General Assembly. As Addameer and PHR report, “The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture details the severe psychological effects of solitary confinement, including that it causes ‘psychotic disturbances’… anxiety, depression, anger, cognitive disturbances, perceptual distortions, paranoia and psychosis and self-harm.’ Solitary confinement can also cause physiological damage. Prisoners often develop ‘gastroenterology, vascular, urinary and reproductive system illnesses as well as suffer from sleep disturbances and extreme fatigue. They also complain of tremors, recurrences of heart palpitations, recurrences of excessive perspiration.’

Palestinian political prisoners have repeatedly protested the use of solitary confinement and isolation as an Israeli prison policy, striking to end isolation in the mass Karameh hunger strike of 2012 – which led to the release from isolation of Ahmad Sa’adat and 18 other Palestinian leaders, some of whom had been isolated for years – and most recently in December 2014, in which hundreds of Palestinian prisoners struck to demand the release from isolation of Nahar al-Saadi, who had been isolated for 570 days. Despite these strikes, and Israeli commitments to end the use of isolation, dozens of Palestinian prisoners continue to be isolated and placed in solitary confinement.

Take Action! Demand an end to the use of isolation and solitary confinement:

1. Sign this statement demanding an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation. Demand Israeli officials immediately release Adnan from solitary confinement – and end his administrative detention without charge or trial.

2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area. Hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include Palestinian prisoners in your next event about Palestine and social justice.

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. Learn more at bdsmovement.net.

 LETTER: END THE USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND ISOLATION

To Brigadier General Dani Afroni, Military Judge Advocate General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;

I write today to call for an immediate end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Khader Adnan, and all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Khader Adnan is being held under administrative detention without charge or trial. He has been repeatedly imprisoned – without charge, without trial – and targeted for his political activities by the Israeli military. He is now being isolated for two weeks in Hadarim prison for political and religious comments on the death of Jaafar Awad due to Israeli medical negligence.

Isolation and solitary confinement are forms of torture, and Israel’s use of administrative detention is contrary to international law and human rights standards. Isolation is recognized by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture as a form of torture when used for extended periods.

In May 2012, Israeli prison authorities agreed to end the use of solitary confinement in order to end the mass hunger strike of thousands of prisoners. That agreement has repeatedly been broken by Israeli authorities.

I demand the immediate removal of Khader Adnan from solitary confinement; the release of Khader Adnan and all other Palestinians held in administrative detention without charge or trial; and the end to the use of isolation and solitary confinement against Palestinian prisoners.

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prisOn Monday, August 4, occupation military courts extended administrative detention for 13 Palestinian prisoners held without charge or trial, reported Ahrar Center for Human Rights.

Over 445 prisoners are now held without charge or trial under administrative detention, an increase since the middle of last June by 133%, said Riad al-Ashqar. Over 1900 Palestinians were arrested during the mass arrest campaign, including 27 members of Palestinian Legislative Council and 62 former prisoners re-arrested after being freed in the Wafa al-Ahrar exchange agreement.

Nearly 265 of them have been sentenced to administrative detention so far, including 17 PLC members, raising the number of administrative detainees to 445 from 180. Al-Ashqar noted that the number is likely to rise in coming days as a number of people are still being interrogated and dozens are expected to be sent to administrative detention without charge or trial.

This increase in administrative detention comes after the 62-day strike by administrative detainees demanding an end to this arbitrary practice, which targets Palestinian political leaders, student activists, labor activists, and community organizers. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins the call to escalate the international campaign to end administrative detention even as the occupation is escalating its ongoing abuse of this policy of repression.

Khader Adnan, with his children after his release.
Khader Adnan, with his children after his release in 2012

The occupation issued a new administrative detention order against Khader Adnan. Adnan was released from administrative detention in 2012 after a 66-day hunger strike against his imprisonment without charge or trial drew international support and attention and wide engagement from Palestinian movements.

Adnan’s administrative detention order is for 6 months; it is indefinitely renewable, and issued without charge or trial. 19 other administrative detention orders were issued alongside Adnan’s.

The administrative detention of Adnan came as occupation forces resumed their mass arrest campaign in the West Bank and Gaza in the early hours of July 14, arresting 57 Palestinians from Jerusalem and the West Bank, including noted academic Abdul-Sattar Qassem and  11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, bringing the number of imprisoned PLC members to 35, 33 from the Hamas legislative bloc (Change and Reform) and Ahmad Sa’adat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Marwan Barghouti of Fateh.

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The funeral of Munir Badarin on July 14.

Occupation forces killed a young man in al-Khalil while engaging in these arrest raid, Munir Ahmad Hamdan al-Badarin, 21, shooting him with live ammunition as residents resisted the army’s invasion, and prohibiting access to emergency vehicles and personnel for over 40 minutes until he bled to death, as reported by IMEMC.

These mass arrests, now numbering over 1000 since mid-June including numerous former prisoners and prominent hunger strikers like Khader Adnan and Samer Issawi (whose next hearing was postponed until July 16), are taking place while occupation forces are launching massive assaults on Palestinians in Gaza, and have killed 181 Palestinians and wounded well over a thousand, destroying numerous homes and infrastructure. See below for IMEMC’s continually updated list of the victims of Israel’s assault.

Paris takes to the streets against occupation assault on Gaza.
Paris takes to the streets against occupation assault on Gaza.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network notes that the assault on Gaza and the mass raids on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Occupied Palestine ’48 are part and parcel of one program of siege, isolation and assassination either through outright murder at the hands of largely US-made missiles, bombs, F-16s, guns and tanks, or through the slow death of isolation in the prisons of the occupation. This stage of siege and isolation is extended and exemplified for the over seven million Palestinian refugees in exile and diaspora around the world denied their right to return for over 66 years. This situation is at a point of crisis, and the voices of people of the world must be heard to demand an end to the killing, bombing, mass arrests, occupation, persecution, home demolitions, racism and settler colonialism that is at the heart of the occupation state.

There is an urgent need for action and people have been responding around the world. Join one of the numerous actions taking place in hundreds of cities around the world – escalate resistance around the world to support resistance in Palestine and confront the killing machine facing Palestinians today. The governments of the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and other imperial and colonial powers are lining up to support this assault – it is imperative that the people are lined up to confront it.

Click here for the full list of international protests. Email samidoun@samidoun.ca to add your own!

Via IMEMC: These are the names that have been confirmed by medical sources in Gaza. Approximately 1260 have been injured, with some losing limbs and others disabled for life. The majority of the wounded are children, according to the Ministry of Health. All of the casualties listed below are victims of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza since Tuesday July 8th.

Total 181

Killed Monday:
1. Adham Abdul-Fattah Abdul-‘Aal, 27
2. Hamid Suleiman Abu al-‘Araj, 60, Deir al-Balah.


Killed Sunday:
1. Ezzeddin Bolbol, 25, Rafah.
2. Rami Abu Shanab, 25, Deir al-Balah.
3. Fawziyya Abdul-al, 73, Gaza City.
4. Mo’ayyad al-‘Araj, 3, Khan Younis.*
5. Husam Ibrahim Najjar, 14, Jabalia.
6. Hijaziyya Hamed al-Hilo, 80, Gaza City.
7. Ruwaida abu Harb Zawayda, 30, central Gaza.
8. Haitham Ashraf Zo’rob, 21, Rafah.
10. Laila Hassan al-‘Odaat, 41, al-Maghazi.
11. Hussein Abdul-Qader Mheisin, 19, Gaza.
12. Qassem Talal Hamdan, 23, Beit Hanoun.
13. Maher Thabet abu Mour, 23, Khan Younis
14. Mohammad Salem Abu Breis, 65, Deir al-Balah
15. Moussa Shehda Moammer, 60, Khan Younis.
16. Hanadi Hamdi Moammer, 27, Khan Younis.
17. Saddam Mousa Moammer, 23, Khan Younis.

Killed Saturday:

1. Anas Yousef Qandil, 17, Jabalia.
2. Islam Yousef Mohammad Qandil, 27, Jabalia.
3. Mohammad Edrees Abu Sneina, 20, Jabalia.
4. Abdul-Rahim Saleh al-Khatib, 38, Jabalia.
5. Husam Thieb ar-Razayna, 39, Jabalia.
6. Ibrahim Nabil Hamada, 30, at-Tuffah – Gaza City.
7. Hasan Ahmad Abu Ghush, 24, at-Tuffah – Gaza City.
8. Ahmad Mahmoud al-Bal’awy, 26, at-Tuffah – Gaza City.
9. Ali Nabil Basal, 32, at-Tuffah – Gaza City.
10. Mohammad Bassem al-Halaby, 28, western Gaza City.
11. Mohammad Sweity (Abu Askar), 20, western Gaza City.
12. Khawla al-Hawajri, 25, Nuseirat refugee camp.
13. Ola Wishahi, 31, Mabarra association for the disabled in Jabalia.
14. Suha Abu Saade, 38, Mabarra association for the disabled in Jabalia.
15. Mohammad Edrees Abu Sweilem, 20, Jabalia
16. Rateb Subhi al-Saifi, 22, Sheikh Radwan – Gaza City. 
17. Azmi Mahmoud Obeid, 51, Sheikh Radwan – Gaza City. 
18. Nidal Mahmoud Abu al-Malsh, 22, Sheikh Radwan – Gaza City.
19. Suleiman Said Obeid, 56, Sheikh Radwan – Gaza City. 
20. Mustafa Muhammad Inaya, 58, Sheikh Radwan – Gaza City. 
21. Ghassan Ahmad al-Masri, 25, Sheikh Radwan – Gaza City. 
22. Rif’at Youssef Amer, 36, al-Saftawi. 
23. Rif’at Syouti, western Gaza City.* 
24. Nahedh Na’im al-Batsh, 41, Khan Younis.
25. Baha’ Majed al-Batsh, 28, Khan Younis.
26. Qusai Issam al-Batsh, 12, Khan Younis.
27. Aziza Yousef al-Batsh, 59, Khan Younis.
28. Ahmad No’man al-Batsh, 27, Khan Younis.
29. Mohammad Issam al-Batsh, 17, Khan Younis.
30. Yahia ‘Ala’ Al-Batsh, 18, Khan Younis.
31. Jalal Majed al-Batsh, 26, Khan Younis.
32. Mahmoud Majed al-Batsh, 22, Khan Younis
33. Majed Sobhi al-Batsh, Khan Younis.
34. Marwa Majed al-Batsh, 25, Khan Younis.
35. Khaled Majed al-Batsh, 20, Khan Younis.
36. Ibrahim Majed al-Batsh, 18, Khan Younis.
37. Manar Majed al-Batsh, 13, Khan Younis.
38. Amal Hussein al-Batsh, 49, Khan Younis.
39. Anas Ala’ al-Batsh, 10, Khan Younis.
40. Qusai Ala’ al-Batsh, 20, Khan Younis.
41. Mohannad Yousef Dheir, 23, Rafah.
42. Shadi Mohammad Zo’rob, 21, Rafah.
43. Imad Bassam Zo’rob, 21, Rafah. 
44. Mohannad Yousef Dheir, 23, Rafah.
45. Mohammad Arif, 13, eastern Gaza City.
46. Mohammad Ghazi ‘Arif, 35, eastern Gaza City. 
47. Ghazi Mustafa Arif, 62, eastern Gaza City. 
48. Ahmad Yousef Dalloul, 47, Gaza.
49. Fadi Ya’coub Sukkar, 25, Gaza.
50. Qassem Jaber Odah, 16, Khan Younis.
51. Mohammad Abdullah Sharatha, 53, Jabalia.
52. Mohammad Ahmed Basal, 19, Gaza City.

Killed Friday 7/11:

1. Wisam Abdul-Razeq Hasan Ghannam, 31, Rafah.
2. Mahmoud Abdul-Razeq Hasan Ghannam, 28, Rafah.
3. Kifah Shaker Ghannam, 33, Rafah.
4. Ghalia Thieb Ghannam, 57, Rafah.
5. Mohammad Munir ‘Ashour, 26, Rafah.
6. Nour Marwan an-Ajdi, 10, Rafah.
7. Anas Rezeq abu al-Kas, 33, Gaza City (doctor).
8. Abdullah Mustafa abu Mahrouq, 22, Deir al-Balah.
9. Mahmoud Waloud, 26, Jabalia
10. Hazem Ba’lousha, Jabalia.
11. Ala’ Abdul Nabi, Beit Lahia.*
12. Ahmed Zaher Hamdan, 24, Beit Hanoun.
13. Mohammad Kamel al-Kahlout, 25, Jabalia.
14. Sami Adnan Shaldan, 25, Gaza City
15. Salem al-Ashhab, 40, Gaza City.
16. Raed Hani Abu Hani, 31, Rafah.
17. Mohammad Rabea Abu- Hmeedan, 65, Jabalia.
18. Shahrman Ismail Abu al-Kas, 42, Al-Bureij.
19. Mazin Mustafa Aslan, 63, Al Bureij.
21. Mohammad Samiri, 24, Deir al-Balah. 
22. Rami Abu Mosa’ed, 23, Deir al-Balah. 
23. Saber Sokkar, 80, Gaza City. 
24. Hussein Mohammad al-Mamlouk, 47, Gaza City. 
25. Nasser Rabah Mohammad Sammama, 49, Gaza City. 
26. Abdul-Halim Abdul-Mo’ty Ashra, 54, Deir al-Balah. 
27. Sahar Salman Abu Namous, 3, Beit Hanoun. 
28. Odai Rafiq Sultan, 27, Jabalia.
29. Jom’a Atiyya Shallouf, 25, Rafah.
30. Bassam Abul-Rahman Khattab, 6, Deir al-Balah


Killed Thursday 7/10:

1. Mahmoud Lutfi al-Hajj, 58, Khan Younis. (father of six killed)
2. Bassema Abdul-fatteh Mohammad al-Hajj, 48, Khan Younis. (mother of six killed)
3. Asma’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, 22, Khan Younis.
4. Fatima Mahmoud al-Hajj, 12, Khan Younis
5. Sa’ad Mahmoud al-Hajj, 17, Khan Younis.
6. Najla’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, 29, Khan Younis.
7. Tareq Mahmoud al-Hajj, 18, Khan Younis.
8. Omar Mahmoud al-Hajj, 20, Khan Younis.
9. Baha’ Abu al-Leil, 35, Gaza City.
10. Suleiman Saleem Mousa al-Astal, 17, Khan Younis.
11. Ahmed Saleem Mousa al-Astal, 24, Khan Younis (Suleiman’s brother)
12. Mousa Mohammed Taher al-Astal, 50, Khan Younis.
13. Ibrahim Khalil Qanan, 24, Khan Younis.
14. Mohammad Khalil Qanan, 26, Khan Younis (Ibrahim’s brother).
15. Ibrahim Sawali, 28, Khan Younis.
17. Hamdi Badea’ Sawali, 33, Khan Younis.
18. Mohammad al-‘Aqqad, 24, Khan Younis.
19. Ismael Hassan Abu Jame’, 19, Khan Younis.
20. Hussein Odeh Abu Jame’, 75, Khan Younis.
21. Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazal, 5, Beit Hanoun.
22. Mohammad Ehsan Ferwana, 27, Khan Younis.
23. Salem Qandil, 27, Gaza City. 
24. Amer al-Fayyoumi, 30, Gaza City.
25. Ra’ed az-Zourah, 32, Khan Younis

Killed Wednesday 7/9:

1. Hamed Shihab, Journalist – Gaza.
2. Salima al-‘Arja, 53, Rafah.
3. Miriam ‘Atiya al-‘Arja, 9, Rafah.
4. Rafiq al-Kafarna, 30.
5. Abdul-Nasser Abu Kweik, 60.
6. Khaled Abu Kweik, 31.
7. Mohammad Mustafa Malika, 18 months. 
8. Hana’ Mohammed Fu’ad Malaka, 28 (Mohammad’s Mother), 27.
9. Hatem Abu Salem, Gaza City.
10. Mohammad Khaled an-Nimra, 22.
11. Sahar Hamdan (al-Masry), 40, Beit Hanoun.
12. Mohammad Ibrahim al-Masry, 14, Beit Hanoun.
13. Amjad Hamdan, 23, Beit Hanoun.
14. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, Beit Hanoun.
15. Ibrahim Hani Saleh Hamad, 20, Beit Hanoun.
16. Mohammad Khalaf Nawasra, 4, al-Maghazi.
17. Nidal Khalaf Nawasra, 5, al-Maghazi. 
18. Salah Awad Nawasra, 24, al-Maghazi. (father of Mohammad and Nidal)
19. ‘Aesha Najm al-Nawasra, 23, al-Maghazi (mother of Mohammad and Nidal, pregnant in the fourth month).
20. Naifa Mohammed Zaher Farajallah, 80, al-Mughraqa.
21. Amal Yousef Abdul-Ghafour, 20, Khan Younis.
22. Nariman Jouda Abdul-Ghafour, 18 months, Khan Younis.
23. Ibrahim Daoud al-Bal’aawy. 
24. Abdul-Rahman Jamal az-Zamely.
25. Ibrahim Ahmad ‘Abdin. 
26. Mustafa Abu Murr. 
27. Khaled Abu Murr. 
28. Mazin Faraj Al-Jarba. 
29. Marwan Eslayyem.
30. Ra’ed Mohammed Shalat, 37, al-Nussairat.
31. Yasmin Mohammad Matouq, 4, Beit Hanoun.


Killed Tuesday 7/8

1. Mohammad Sha’ban, 24, Gaza.
2. Amjad Sha’ban, 30, Gaza. 
3. Khader al-Basheeleqety, 45, Gaza.
4. Rashad Yassin, 27, Nusseirat.
5. Mohammad Ayman ‘Ashour, 15, Khan Younis.
6. Riyadh Mohammad Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis. 
7. Bakr Mohammad Joudeh, 50, Khan Younis. 
8. Ammar Mohammad Joudeh, 26, Khan Younis. 
9. Hussein Yousef Kaware’, 13, Khan Younis.
10. Bassem Salem Kaware’, 10, Khan Younis. 
11. Mohammad Ibrahim Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis. 
12. Mohammad Habib, 22, Gaza. 
13. Ahmed Mousa Habib, 16, Gaza.
14. Saqr ‘Aayesh al-‘Ajjoury, 22, Jabalia.
15. Ahmad Nael Mahdi, 16, Gaza. 
16. Hafeth Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mahdi Mohammad Hamad, 46, Beit Hanoun.
19. Fawziyya Khalil Hamad, 62, Beit Hanoun. 
20. Donia Mahdi Hamad, 16, Beit Hanoun. 
21. Soha Hamad, 25, Beit Hanoun.
22. Suleiman Salam Abu Sawaween, 22, Khan Younis.
23. Siraj Eyad Abdul-‘Aal, 8, Khan Younis.
24. Abdul-Hadi Soufi, 24, Rafah.

* the names with an asterisk have not yet been confirmed by Ministry of Health 

 

khaderadnanPalestinian media reported that Khader Adnan, former long-term hunger striker and freed former administrative detainee, was re-arrested by occupation forces in Jenin on July 8.

freekhaderOccupation forces have not laid any formal charges against him, but said he was arrested for “activities that threaten regional security,” according to Palestine News Network. Adnan, a baker from Jenin, launched his hunger strike in February 2012, garnering international support and attention that led to his release from administrative detention, where he had been held without charge or trial. The iconic graphic image of Adnan by Palestinian artist Hafez Omar covered the streets of Palestine and appeared in protests around the world.

Since his release, he has been a leading figure in supporting Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for freedom and justice, including various hunger strike campaigns.

This arrest came amid 31 arrests of Palestinians in Jerusalem, and following the arrests of over 830 Palestinian political prisoners since June 12. Al-Mayadeen TV reported on the afternoon of June 8 that it is an Israeli official decision to round up the cadres of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

While occupation forces are sweeping the West Bank with violent raids and arrests, they have announced “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza, which has so far taken the lives of at least 23 Palestinians, 9 on July 7 and 14 so far on July 8, including children killed when a massive bomb was dropped on the Qaware’ family home in Beit Hanoun.

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khaderadnanOn November 27, Palestinian Authority security services detained former prisoner and hunger striking hero Khader Adnan, as he defended his cousin Farouk Moussa from political arrest from PA security forces in Arraba.

Khader Adnan was later released, but Farouk Moussa remains detained. The political detention of Palestinian activists is part of the practice of security coordination between PA security forces and the Israeli occupation forces, which has frequently led to arrests and detention of Palestinian resistance activists or people pinpointed by Israel or the PA by Palestinian Authority forces.

Khader Adnan engaged in a historic hunger strike in 2012 in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial. His 66-day strike secured an agreement for his release and played a major role in sparking a series of hunger strikes that has followed in the year and a half since Adnan’s strike.

adnan-pressSheikh Khader Adnan, former prisoner and hunger striker, admonished official Palestinian bodies and institutions in a press conference on Sunday, August 4, saying that they have turned their back on Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

He urged Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, occupied Palestine ’48 and diaspora to play their role in the battle of dignity, across party and factional lines. He also urged Palestinian media to play a responsible role and publicize and mobilize the people around the prisoners’ struggle. Adnan particularly concentrated on the responsibility of the official Palestine TV, as the Israeli authorities do not allow other satellite channels to be broadcast inside the prison.

The press conference, held at Wattan Media Center under the slogan “The banner of the hunger strikers shall not fall,” highlighted former prisoners and the family members of current prisoners. He emphasized that the strikers and prisoners must know that they have support on the outside and that they have not been forgotten.

Adnan emphasized the role of the Palestinian resistance organizations, saying that “I call on the Palestinian resistance to take a role in the defense of its people against the jailer, and that the resistance should mobilize and take action to the occupation how valuable are the lives and freedom of our prisoners.”

Adnan described the suffering experienced by the prisoners, focusing on the cases of Dirar Abu Sisi and Mahmoud Zahran, held in isolation; Moatassam Raddad and Lena Jarbouni, suffering from serious illness; and Ayman Hamdan, now approaching 100 days of hunger strike.

He saluted Mohammad Tabeesh, who has been on hunger strike for 65 days in solidarity with his brother Ayman al-Tabeesh, standing against administrative detention, and noted that there are prisoners in the Israeli jails whose strikes we are unaware of, saying that we learned about the strikes of Mahmoud and Omar Tallahma only after they were on strike for 20 days. He urged all to pray for the prisoners on the night of Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power), and saluted the 14 strikers: Ayman Hamdan, Abdullah Barghouthi, Muneer Mar’i, Alaa Hammad, Mohammad Rimawi, Hamza al-Dabbas, Imad Batran, Adel Hareebat, Ayman al-Tabeesh, Hussam Matar, Mohammad al-Tabeesh, Abdul Majid Khuderat, Omar Tallahma and Mahmoud Tallahma.

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PHOTO | Eman Silawy

On February 28, 2013, Sheikh Khader Adnan participated in an event honouring Palestinian political prisoners and hunger strikers in Arraba village, Jenin area. Adnan’s own hunger strike from December 2011-February 2012 played a major role in catalyzing the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.

The Arraba Youth organized in coordination with the Prisoners Club and the Popular Youth Committee a solidarity march with the Palestinian Prisoners from the solidarity tent to the Municipal garden complex, planting seeds bearing the names and photos of the Palestinian Hunger Strikers, Long Term Palestinian Prisoners and a number of Arab Prisoners in Israeli Jails.

Adnan planted a seed bearing the name of Lebanese Freedom fighter Georges Ibrahim Abdallah who is imprisoned in France – despite a decision to free him – and who has now been on hunger strike for 5 days in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners.