Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Palestinian Prisoner Khader Adnan 'Ends Hunger Strike'

February 21, 2012.
3pm South African time

Breaking newsA Palestinian prisoner has ended his 66-day hunger strike over his detention in a deal that will see him released in two months, Israeli officials say.

The Israeli justice ministry said it had decided to end Khader Adnan's "administrative detention", but that he would remain in custody until 17 April.

Mr Adnan has not eaten since December, when he was arrested in the West Bank.

He is widely believed to be a leader of Islamic Jihad, which Israel has designated a terrorist organisation.

The Israeli military has said that Mr Adnan - a 33-year-old baker - was arrested "for activities that threaten regional security".

Earlier this month, an Israeli military court ordered that Mr Adnan be placed for four months in administrative detention. Under Israeli law, such prisoners can be held indefinitely without trial or charge.

On Friday, the Israeli group Physicians for Human Rights, which has been monitoring his condition, said he was "in immediate danger of death", adding that he had suffered "significant muscular atrophy".


 Long live Khader Adnan.

This news is welcomed even though the details are just filtering in as I write here.  See also Al Jazeera "Israel to 'free' Palestinian hunger striker" and the Palestinian News Network's for more information. 

Please remember the call to make April 17 Palestinian Prisoners' Day - A Day of International Action in solidarity with the more than 4417 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons.  170 of these prisoners are children and 6 are women.  310 of these prisoners are being held without a charge or a promise of a trial.

These numbers are as of January 2012.

Stand In Solidarity With Palestine !!!

Adnan Picture Credit

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