Saturday, August 1, 2015
Khader Adnan

Interview via Al-Jazeera. Online here: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/qa-break-israeli-occupation-150725123515465.html

Jerusalem – Khader Adnan has become a symbol of the Palestinian resistance to occupation.

On 10 separate occasions, he has been placed in administrative detention, a practice that allows Israel to detain prisoners without charge for renewable six-month periods. In 2012, he rose to prominence after waging a 66-day hunger strike against his detention, and after his rearrest last year, Adnan embarked upon another 56-day hunger strike that ended in his release on July 12.

Adnan, who continues to recover in hospital, spoke to Al Jazeera about his experience and how his hunger strike has drawn attention to the cause of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.


Al Jazeera: How is your health now?Khader Adnan: I still have an issue with my stomach as a result of the hunger strike, but I’m in a state of recovery and being observed by the medical staff. I find it difficult to eat and drink, but I have great faith in God that I’ll recover.

Al Jazeera: It has been reported that during your 2012 hunger strike, you took some supplements, but not this time – is that correct?

Adnan: Yes, on this strike I refused all supplements. I had only water. No salt, no vitamins, no sugar. This was despite the fact that even by Red Cross standards, taking these things does not constitute breaking a strike.

In 2012, on the 43rd and 44th day of the strike, I took two tablets each of magnesium and potassium, and then on the 54th day I took glucose. That was all.

Also, while in 2012 I accepted health checks on the 43rd day of the strike, I refused these in 2015 until the end.

Al Jazeera: The day after being released from prison, you visited Jerusalem and were then rearrested by Israeli police. Can you tell us what motivated you to visit and how you were detained?

Adnan: I went to Jerusalem to firstly say thank you to everyone. I demanded to be released on the 12th of July before Laylat al-Qadr [the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad] as it is the holiest day of the Islamic year, and I wanted to be in the holiest mosque in Palestine on that day.

My initial release was strange. I was released early, at 1am, which has never happened in the history of Israeli prisons. Usually releases take place at 10 in the morning or in the late afternoon.

The point of the early release was so that I wouldn’t be welcomed by my people and family and so that there wouldn’t be a popular reception. I stayed one night with my parents and the next day I was smuggled into Jerusalem from Jenin.

The day before entering Jerusalem, I received a message [indirectly from Israeli security services] that if I was to be seen in Jerusalem, then I would be arrested. However, despite this, I travelled in a smooth and organised fashion and visited four homes [that] were symbols of various sectors in our society: of martyrs, prisoners, lawyers and trade unionists, and I wanted to send a message to all of these sectors.

After that I tried to go to Al-Aqsa Mosque. I got to Bab a-Zahara, but despite being disguised by wearing a robe, a walking stick, and keffiyeh, I was noticed by the police. I suppose they saw posters of me, which were up around Al-Aqsa Mosque. One of the border police was holding a poster with my face on it. From there, I was taken to Khurshi prison by Jaffa Gate. I was held for four and a half hours, during which time I refused to eat or speak.

Al Jazeera: You have now returned to Jerusalem again, this time while being admitted to hospital. What happened?

Adnan: The day after being rearrested, I went to sleep at my parents’ house, but the next day I felt a great pain in my stomach. I went to Jenin hospital, but they said the treatment I required was available in al-Makassed hospital in Jerusalem, so the next day I was transferred here.

It’s funny how within a few days, I first came in one day in disguise and then another in an ambulance. One time I was afraid of being caught; the next time I entered with great confidence.

I came in with confidence and without losing any dignity because I had the knowledge that if anything happened to me, then Israel would face a revolt from the people.

Al Jazeera: How integral is the prisoners’ movement to the overall strategy to liberate Palestine?

Adnan: The prisoners’ movement and hunger strikes in particular are a symbol of the principle and demand for justice in Palestine. It proves that of course it is both possible and necessary to break the Israeli occupation.

The prisoners, with strong will, are able to hold onto their rights. It is a symbol to show you what is possible. This is something that the Palestinian leadership must learn from. How it is that a Palestinian prisoner can be on hunger strike, facing an occupation and a jailer with all the technology and forces at their disposal, and yet can still defeat them? Our unarmed resistence can defeat the bullet. That’s what this represents.

But we need the unity of the Palestinian national movement. We need to fully convince the official bodies, the leadership and the public of the need for resistance. We need to weld all our energies together, from Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank, and the diaspora. We need the unification of all these energies with the free people of the world in defence of the rights of prisoners and all Palestinians.

Al Jazeera: While on hunger strike, were you aware of actions taking place in solidarity with you?

Adnan: From my bed at al-Makassed hospital, I send a message of solidarity to all people who have supported me. There is a very important symbolic significance to this hospital. It accepted all of the injured and martyred from the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The bed I’m on now may have been sat on by a martyr or someone injured in defence of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and it’s a great honour and privilege to be on this bed.

What unites us as free people of the world is much greater than what divides us. I send my love and solidarity to all the free people and my great thanks to them and appreciation for all they’ve done.

Al Jazeera: How much support did you receive from the Palestinian leadership?

Adnan: There was some communication between myself and the ministry for prisoners. The support from the public and official bodies was more delayed and much less on this occasion. I did get support from the streets, but actions that were taken were less than in 2012.

Al Jazeera: Much of the Arab world is in turmoil. Do you have a message for the youth of this region?

Adnan: Yes, I want to send a word to the Arab and Muslim youth where this barbarism is taking place; in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, the Sinai, and Libya. Many young people are coming from all corners of the world to kill and to be killed. We want you alive. We need you to hold the right interests for the progress of this land.

We need to remember that we have a wounded Palestine in our hands. The cause of Palestine must be at the centre of everything we are building. Your brothers and sisters have been in the occupation prisons for decades. Al-Aqsa Mosque is being threatened and attacked. Palestine is occupied and you have to stand with Palestine.

Translation by Vivian al-Haddad.

Khader Adnan, freed Palestinian political prisoner and former long-term hunger striker, who won his release from administrative detention in 2015 and 2012 through hunger strikes, issued a video on 19 July calling for action to support fellow hunger strikers Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti.

Video (with English subtitles, originally via Quds News Network):

Like Adnan, Allan and Isteiti are imprisoned under administrative detention, held without charge or trial on the basis of Israeli military orders and secret evidence. Both have been on hunger strike for 32 days, protesting their imprisonment and demanding an end to administrative detention.

Allan, 31 and a practicing lawyer from Nablus, is being held in isolation in Ayala prison.  He has been detained since 6 November 2014. The renewal of his administrative detention without charge or trial prompted his strike. Isteiti,  from Jenin refugee camp, has been on strike for 25 days, and is held in isolation in Eshel prison, where he was moved three days ago from the Negev prison. He has been detained since 17 November 2014. Like Allan, the renewal of his detention prompted his strike.

These hunger strikes come as dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees have announced a boycott of the Israeli military courts that essentially function as a rubber-stamp, signing off on administrative detention orders on the basis of secret evidence – and as Khader Adnan has once again been victorious in his 55-day hunger strike, released on 12 July 2015 after a year of administrative detention. Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

Take action to demand freedom for Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention!

1. Send a letter/petition immediately to Israeli officials demanding the release of Allan and Isteiti and the end of administrative detention. Make sure the international voice is heard demanding their freedom!

2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy. 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 these cases 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. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it. Learn more at bdsmovement.net.

Letter text

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

I write today to call for an immediate release of Palestinian hunger strikers Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, held without charge or trial under administrative detention.

I also demand the end of the use of administrative detention. Like over 400 other Palestinians, Allan and Isteiti are being held without charge or trial and under secret evidence. Allan and Isteiti have been on hunger strike for over 20 days.

Dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees are boycotting the military courts that produce these arbitrary sentences with no charge and no trial. I join their call to end this detention.

The lives of Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti – and the lives of thousands of Palestinian prisoners- are precious to me and to people around the world. The eyes of the world are on these case, and the government of Israel is fully responsible for the hunger strikers’ health and lives.

Administrative detention violates the right to a fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. It is a practice that is used to silence Palestinians without ever exposing the reality of such actions to the light of day – even in the rigged military court systems.

Allan and Isteiti must be released immediately and without condition, along with their fellow administrative detainees.

Sincerely,

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Khader Adnan has been released from Israeli detention to the Palestinian Authority military liason office and has been returned to his village of Arraba at 1 am on 14 July, reports Ma’an News, following several hours being held at the Qishlah police station in Jerusalem. Adnan, 37, a baker from Arraba near Jenin and a leading political activist, was freed Sunday, 12 July, from Israeli prison after a 55-day hunger strike. He had been held under administrative detention without charge or trial since 8 July 2014.

He was rearrested in Jerusalem, where he had travelled to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque for Laylat al-Qadr. While in Jerusalem, he visited the home of imprisoned Samer, Shireen and Medhat Issawi, greeting their parents; Palestinian lawyer Jawad Boulos, and others, Ma’an reports. Ha’aretz reported at the time of his arrest on the evening of 13 July that “the Shin Bet confirmed that Adnan had been arrested, saying that he had entered Jerusalem illegally. Adnan has been transferred to the police for questioning…the defense establishment viewed this violation with severity.” However, the arrest drew immediate attention and Adnan was released in the early hours of 14 July.

In 2012, Adnan won his release from administrative detention with a 66-day hunger strike that won the support of the world and helped to reinvigorate the mass movement for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners, and in particular, drew attention to administrative detention, the Israeli occupation practice of imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, repeatedly renewable. There are currently over 400 Palestinians held in administrative detention, including two, Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, on hunger strike.

 

UPDATE, 14 July: Khader Adnan has been released from Israeli detention to the Palestinian Authority military liason office and has been returned to his village of Arraba, reports Ma’an News. While in Jerusalem, he visited the home of imprisoned Samer, Shireen and Medhat Issawi, greeting their parents; Palestinian lawyer Jawad Boulos, and others.

Khader Adnan has been rearrested by Israeli occupation forces as he attempted to enter Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, reports the Palestinian Prisoners Club and Ha’aretz. Adnan, 37, a baker from Arraba near Jenin and a leading political activist, was freed yesterday, 12 July, from Israeli prison after a 55-day hunger strike. He had been held under administrative detention without charge or trial since 8 July 2014.

In 2012, Adnan won his release from administrative detention with a 66-day hunger strike that won the support of the world and helped to reinvigorate the mass movement for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners, and in particular, drew attention to administrative detention, the Israeli occupation practice of imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, repeatedly renewable. There are currently over 400 Palestinians held in administrative detention, including two, Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, on hunger strike.

Ha’aretz reported, “Adnan told his family and friend that he was go to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, like thousands of other Palestinians…The Shin Bet confirmed that Adnan had been arrested, saying that he had entered Jerusalem illegally. Adnan has been transferred to the police for questioning…the defense establishment viewed this violation with severity.”

Although some Palestinian sources are reporting that he will be released, Adnan is currently still being held in Qishlah police station in Jerusalem. Samidoun will provide updates and action alerts on this breaking news event.

 

Palestinian activist and political prisoner Khader Adnan was released this morning, 12 July, following a 55-day hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial.

Adnan, 37, was arrested on 8 July 2014 as part of the mass arrests against Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem immediately prior to and during the Israeli aggression against Gaza, and had been held in administrative detention – without charge or trial -since that time. A father of six, Adnan is a baker and a political activist in his hometown of Arraba, near Jenin. He rose to national and international prominence in 2012, when he was similarly imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention and conducted a 66-day hunger strike that, like his 2015 strike, ensured his freedom, sparked numerous other hunger strikes among Palestinian political prisoners, and reinvigorated the movement to support and free Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

He began his most recent strike on 6 May, following a renewed administrative detention order against him; in January, he had launched a one-week hunger strike warning that any additional renewals of his detention without charge or trial would spark an open-ended strike. During his strike, Adnan refrained from all nourishment except water and salt and was imprisoned, shackled to his bed, in Assaf Harofeh hospital.

His release came at dawn and had been kept a secret from his family; the Israeli occupation forces were attempting to prevent or silence the mass Palestinian welcome and celebration of Khader Adnan’s release, another strong defeat to the Israeli system of administrative detention. There are currently over 400 Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention; currently two administrative detainees, Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti, are on hunger strike for 25 and 24 days respectively, demanding their release from administrative detention. Dozens of other Palestinian administrative detainees, particularly those who support the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine or Islamic Jihad, are boycotting the military courts that issue administrative detention orders on the basis of secret evidence.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network congratulates Khader Adnan and the Palestinian people on his repeated, historic victory over the Israeli occupier and its system of repression and incarceration that imprisons approximately 5,000 Palestinians. The struggle to end administrative detention and free all Palestinian prisoners is central to the struggle to free Palestine and the Palestinian people as a whole. Khader Adnan’s steadfastness and commitment represents the role of the Palestinian prisoners as the conscience of the liberation struggle, who cannot be broken by torture, isolation or imprisonment; his example makes clear, as the struggle of the Palestinian people has again and again, that the systems of imprisonment and oppression constructed by Israeli occupation and settler colonialism can in fact be defeated. His hunger strikes have strengthened international solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and engaged thousands around the world.

Congratulations and welcome to Khader Adnan, and we will work to see the day soon when every one of the thousands of Palestinians behind bars join you in freedom.

Photos by Quds News Network:

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.

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.

 *Thank you for taking action! Khader Adnan is now free. Thousands of people around the world took action to support his struggle.

Organized by Inminds:

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.