Khader Adnan

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.

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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.

Khader Adnan writes in gratitude for the support he was given while on hunger-strike and calls for solidarity with the prisoners:

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In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah.

Dear free people of the world. Dear oppressed and disenfranchised around the globe. Dear friends of our people, who stood with me with a stern belief in freedom and dignity for my people and our prisoners languishing in the Occupation’s prisons.

Dear free women and men, young and elderly, ordinary people as well as intellectual elites everywhere – I address you today with an outpouring of hope and pain for every Palestinian that suffers from the occupation of his land, for each of us that has been killed, wounded or imprisoned by the state of terror, that denies anything beautiful in our lives, even the smile of our children and families. I am addressing you in my first letter following my release – praying it will not be the last – after Allah granted me freedom, pride and dignity. I was an “administrative detainee” in the jail of occupation for four months, out of which I have spent 66 days on hunger strike.

I was driven to declare an open-ended hunger strike by the daily harassment and violation of my people’s rights by the Israeli Zionist occupation. The last straw for me were the ongoing arrests, the brutal nighttime raid on my house, my violent detention, during which I was taken to the “Mavo Dotan” settlement on our land occupied 1967, and the beatings and humiliation I was treated to during arrest interrogation. The way I was treated during the interrogation at the Jalameh detention center, using the worse and lowest verbal insults in the dictionary. After questioning, I was sentenced to imprisonment under administrative detention with no charges, which proves mine and others’ arrests serve only to maintain a quota of prisoners, to harass us, to restrict our freedom and to undermine our determination, pride and dignity.

I write today to thank all those who stood tall in support of my people, with our prisoners, with Hana al-Shalabi and with myself. I call on you to stand for justice pride and dignity in the face of occupation. The assault on the freedom and dignity of the Palestinian people is an assault on free people of the world by a criminal occupation that threatens the security, freedom and dignity of all, no matter where.

Please, continue in exposing this occupation, boycotting and isolating it internationally. Expose it’s true face, the one that was clearly exposed in the attack of an Israeli officer on our Danish cohort. Unlike that attack, the murder our people is a crime that goes by unspoken of and slips away from the lens of the camera. Our prisoners are dying in silence. Hundreds of defenders of freedom are on hunger strike inside the prisons, including the eight knights, Bilal Diab and Thaer Hlahalh, who are now on their 61st day of hunger strike, Hassan Safadi, Omar Abu Shalal, Mahmoud Sarsak, Mahmoud Sarsal, Mohammad Taj, Jaafar Azzedine (who was arrested solely for standing in solidarity with myself) and Ahmad haj Ali. Their lives now are in great danger.

We are all responsible and we will all lose if we anything happen to them. Let us take immediate action to pressure the Occupation into releasing them immediately, or their children could never forgive us.

Let all those free and revolutionary join hands against the Occupation’s oppression, and take to the streets – in front of the Occupation’s prisons, in front of its embassies and all other institutions backing it around the world.

With deep appreciation,
Khader Adnan

JENIN (Ma’an) — Former prisoners Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi, who were released by Israel after lengthy hunger strikes, on Wednesday expressed pride and support for striking detainees in Israeli jails.

Adnan, whose sentence was reduced after he spent 66 days on hunger strike, told Ma’an that hunger strikers’ determination would bring them victory.

Bilal Diab, 27, from Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, 33, from Hebron have refused food for 64 days. Like Adnan and Shalabi, they were sentenced to administrative detention without a trial and they have not been charged with any crime.

“The confrontation will be resolved to their benefit soon, because they have reached the point of no return and are heading towards victory which they have risen up for against the Israeli occupation’s oppressive and racist laws,” Adnan said.

Adnan urged their parents not to worry about them and instead to be proud of their heroic sons.

“If they are released, that’s a big blessing and if they are martyred then this will be a great victory,” he said.

Adnan urged all Palestinian prisoners in Israel to join the hunger strike. According to prisoners rights groups, around 2,000 detainees have so far joined the strike.

Meanwhile, Hana Shalabi, who refused for 43 days before being deported to Gaza, urged Arab and Islamic nations to support the hunger strikers.

She told Ma’an she was eagerly awaiting their “moment of victory.”

Khader Adnan reported on Saturday April 28 that the Israeli occupation today seized Mohammed Abdul Latif al-Shaibani, 37, of Arraba near Jenin like Adnan, according to Ma’an. Adnan reported that al-Shaibani previously spent six years in the occupation prisons and was released in 2008, and is an activist with Islamic Jihad.

Adnan also reported that, like other hunger striking prisoners, Sheikh Tariq Kaadan of Islamic Jihad, a prominent leader, was denied legal visits today in Jilboa prison because he is participating in the hunger strike, and that prisoners in Eshel prison were isolated after Friday prayers yesterday, where calls were issued for all prisoners to join the hunger strike.

Addameer has reported that none of its lawyers have been permitted to visit any of the prisoners on hunger strike, barred by the Israeli occupation.

The administrative detainees in Section 9, who suffer from chronic diseases of Negev desert prison issued a statement on Friday saying that they had undertaken a one-day medicine strike in addition to their hunger strike as part of their escalation of protest.

By: Fadi Abu Saada

Published in Al-Akhbar Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ramallah – Khader Adnan defied everything related to the Israeli occupation, its prisons, and jailers. He rose up against interrogators and informants, and against all kinds of intimidation and humiliation. He put his body on the line with a 66-day hunger strike until the occupation relented. Adnan spoke to Al-Akhbar about the details of his historic hunger strike.

Fadi Abu Saada: Why did you decide to go on the hunger strike the day of your arrest?

Khader Adnan: I decided to go on a hunger strike based on four main reasons. The first reason concerns the period before I was detained. There were several failed attempts to arrest me through requests by the Israeli secret service calling for a meeting. But I refused. Being humiliated and having to see Israel flexing its muscles does not disturb me at all.

The second reason concerned being abused during my arrest, including when the jailers assaulted me physically.

The third is the type and methods of interrogation. 

The fourth and last reason is my repeated administrative detention without reason. My rejection of administrative detention complements my rejection of the occupation itself and my search for dignity which was stolen from us by the Israelis.

FAS:What is administrative detention?

KA: I believe Britain is responsible for this type of detention and its idea. It comes from the British mandate in Palestine. They used to call it the “emergency regulations.”

This type of detention starts with a letter from the intelligence officer in a particular region. He would send it to the region’s military commander requesting the arrest of a particular person based on “secret information” that cannot be divulged. In other words, it is “information received from a collaborator with the occupation.”

This type of detention can be renewed several times. In the case of brothers Mohammad Jaradat, Usama Barham, and martyr Ayman Daraghmeh, it was up to five or six years. Renewal is like a hammer hanging over the heads of the detainee and his family. The psychological torture has no equivalent and the worst thing is that the detainee and his family know that there will be no specific date for his release.

FAS: How did you spend your day during the hunger strike?

KA: I did not just stop eating. I also took a vow of silence for more than 20 days and refused to bathe for 65 days.

I prayed a lot and read the Koran when I was able to get a copy. I never slept during the day. People thought that was strange, but I preferred to sleep at night and wake up for morning prayers.

The daily search was always “amusing” because I used to confront the jailers who conducted the search.

FAS: How did they try to break your will and pressure you to end the hunger strike?

KA: They basically tried this by transferring me from one Israeli hospital to another for tests. First they took me to Ramleh hospital, then to “Tal al-Rabi” in Tel Aviv, then to occupied Jerusalem, then Safad, then the isolation in Ramleh again. It was very exhausting.

Then they turned the hospitals where they took me into courts for my case.

The main method they used was isolating me from the outside world and assigning three or four jailers in my room to pressure me.

They deliberately tied one of my hands and one of my feet for hours, even when I had to use the bathroom. They said it was so I would not escape, even though there is no window or exit anywhere.

The occupation soldiers tried to provoke me by turning my confinement cell into a “restaurant” full of all kinds of food that one might crave.

They tried to break my will but I was stronger, thank God.

FAS: What about threats to your family and friends?

 

KA: True, a secret service officer came to me and told me, “Say hello to your father.” He had said the same thing when they came to arrest me once. They threatened to arrest all my family and friends and actually arrested four of my friends from my town, Arrabeh, a few days before my release.

The best example is what happened with the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein who mentioned me in his Friday sermon at al-Aqsa mosque.

The Israeli government responded by starting a felony case against him, as if he was a criminal, just because he spoke about me.

FAS: What do you say to the 2,000 detainees who followed your path and are now in their second week of a hunger strike?

KA: I tell them, go forth under the grace of God for you shall be victorious. You named it the “battle of dignity,” so do not fail your families or the remaining prisoners. Continue until you are granted your demands.

A hunger strike is a matter of destiny and it is of utmost importance. We ask God to grant us victory.

I conclude my message by saying, do not drop the banner of the eight knights, especially Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla. They have been on a hunger strike in detention for 58 days, continuing the battle of Sheikh Khader, Hana Shalabi, and the others.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.