Khader Adnan’s Heroic Struggle for Justice

My Photo Saturday marked his 56th hunger striking day. “My dignity is more precious than food,” he said. He’s willing to die courageously defending it.

 He’s protesting his lawless detention and treatment by repressive Israeli prison authorities. They’re committing willful, malicious slow-motion murder.

 He’s uncharged because he’s innocent. Yet Israel illegally detains him under horrific conditions. Without food for eight weeks, his life hangs by a thread. He could die before this article’s published.

 On February 9, a special Military Court appeal on his behalf was held at Safad’s Zif medical center where he’s held shackled to his bed near death.

 For the hearing, he was moved to a separate room still shackled except for his hands. Despite his condition and gross injustice, Judge Moshe Tirosh won’t rule until next week. By then it may not matter, and that’s the whole idea.

 His contemptible excuse was needing more documents to disguise state-sponsored murder.

 As a result, expect him to be detained until he dies regardless of innocence and injustice. Arrested Palestinians are guilty whether or not charged. Rarely are detainees freed. Repressive military courts refuse. Israel’s Supreme Court seldom intervenes. Repression defines Israeli policy. State terror enforces it.

 Adnan symbolizes its ruthlessness. He’s willing to die telling the world. Supporters called for worldwide hunger strikes in protest. Online social networks promote it.

 A Free Palestine supporter said, “I am a Palestinian living in Qatar. I am in solidarity with captive hero Khader Adnan.” Other support came from New York, Chicago, Washington and other US cities, Argentina, Honduras, Canada, England, Mexico, Lebanon, Algeria, South Africa, Slovakia, France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Israel, Palestine, and elsewhere.

 Street protesters held signs saying “Dignity over food,” waved Palestinian flags, and chanted “Khader Adnan epitomizes the resilience, the steadfastness, and resistance of the Palestinian people.”

 On February 11, Ma’an News reported that Palestinian Authority prisoners affairs minister Issa Qaraqe said Egypt’s intervening to help. How seriously isn’t known. Its ruling military junta breaches international humanitarian laws egregiously.

 Nonetheless, Qaraqe said Egyptian officials asked Israeli authorities to release Adnan. He added that Palestinian leaders Abbas and Salam Fayyad contacted other countries to help. In support, hundreds of Palestinian detainees plan supportive hunger strikes.

 In a letter to prison authorities, they warned the situation may escalate if Adnan dies. So far, UN authorities have done little. UN special coordinator for the Middle East Robert Serry merely said he’s following Adnan “with concern.”

 A weak-kneed statement said his office calls on Israel “to do everything in its power to preserve the health of the prisoner and resolve this case while abiding by all legal obligations under international law.”

 His office is also “following up on some of the issues related to the question of prisoners, particularly on the use of administrative detention, which should only be employed in exceptional circumstances.”

 In fact, his office substitutes rhetoric for action. Instead of demanding Adnan’s immediately release and condemning Israeli ruthlessness, his faint-hearted weasel words assure no positive response.

 Human Rights Watch (HRW) notoriously supports Washington’s imperial agenda. As a result, its appeal on behalf of Adnan appears more PR stunt than real. Its Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said:

 “Israel should immediately end its unlawful administrative detention of Adnan and charge or release him.”

 Charge him with what? He committed no crime.

 Short of stressing it, Whitson added:

 “He may be approaching death from his hunger strike, and yet Israel is chaining him to his hospital bed without bothering to even charge him with any wrongdoing.”

 She urged, but didn’t demand, Israel “end, today, before it’s too late, its almost two-month-long refusal to inform Adnan of any criminal charge or evidence against him.”

A Final Comment

 Adnan’s a world hero. His death won’t go unnoticed. The Addameer Prisoner Support/Human Rights Association said:

 “Adameer holds the Israeli Occupying Forces accountable for Khader’s life-threatening condition and also the international community responsible for not taking action to save his life.”

 “Addameer demands that the European Union, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross intervene with Israel immediately before it is too late. Addameer further hails all local and international solidarity efforts made on Khader’s behalf and urges individuals to continue calling attention to this most urgent matter.”

 Help by contacting your political representatives now, and telling others to do the same thing. Demand they intervene to help. Also write, call, or email Israeli government, military and legal authorities and demand Adnan’s immediate release.

Addameer provided names, positions, addresses, phone numbers, and email information for:

Brigadier General Dani Afroni

Military Judge Advocate General

 6 David Elazar Street
 Harkiya, Tel Aviv
 Israel
 Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
 Email: arbel@mail.idf.il; avimn@idf.gov.il

Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi

 OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
 Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
 Fax: +972 2 530 5741

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak

 Ministry of Defense
 37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
 Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
 Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757

 Col. Eli Bar On
 Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
 Beth El 90631
 Fax: +972 2 9977326

 Act on behalf of a man too courageous to let die. Do it now and tell others to show support in solidarity!

 Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

 Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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IN PHOTOS: on hunger strike in Gaza

Friday, 10 February 2012 05:14 Mya Guarnieri for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)
A number of Gazans have joined Khader Adnan’s hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions that Palestinian political prisoners face in Israeli jails. Israel often holds Palestinians in administrative detention without charges, depriving detainees of their right to due process.
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Adnan has been on hunger strike for 55 days and is currently hospitalized in Israel. While Adnan and his lawyers is contesting his administrative detention, the Israeli judge who heard the case yesterday declined to issue an immediate decision. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said that the delay “may prove fatal.”
Here, Gazans fast at a protest tent in support of Adnan. Some lie in beds, with shackles, to simulate Adnan’s current condition.
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Photos courtesy of Joe Catron

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Last chance appeal for near-death Palestinian hunger striker

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Palestinians hold images of prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike since December 18 while being held in an Israeli jail, during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 6 February 2012. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani)
The family of 52-day Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan have appealed for an Israeli court to release him before he dies, with his wife describing his condition as “horrifying.”
Adnan is due in court on Thursday to appeal a decision to uphold his four-month sentence amid increasing fears about his safety.

Rights groups have criticized the decision to keep him in jail as Adnan, who is seriously ill and refusing minerals, is in serious danger of organ failure.

Adnan has been on hunger strike since his detention on 17 December in protest against Israel’s consistent violations of human rights, according to Jerusalem-based NGO Addameer.

He has been detained without being charged for a crime, with the Israeli military claiming he was involved with Islamic Jihad.

Such accusations are common to justify continued Israeli detention of Palestinians, including women and children, but evidence is rarely produced to support the claim.

Adnan is being held under an administrative detention order that allows Israel to detain those considered a threat to the country’s security for up to six months without charge.

His lawyers are asking for the administrative detention order to be cancelled and for him to be released.
Earlier this week an Israeli court confirmed the original four-month detention given, despite hearing of Adnan’s rapidly deteriorating health conditions.

Outraging family and activists, Judge Dalya Kaufman claimed Adnan’s medical condition was “acceptable” and provides no grounds for shortening or canceling the order.

Adnan will appeal the ruling on Thursday at a military court in Ofer. This is his final appeal within the military system, but if it is denied he has the right to go to the Israeli High Court.

The last medical examination that Adnan received was on 29 January, when Physicians for Human Rights doctors examined him. The doctors stated that in the event of organ failure, his condition could become life-threatening.

A representative for Addameer, which advocates prisoner’s rights, confirmed to Al-Akhbar that his wife had visited Adnan on Tuesday.

“We just spoke to his wife who was able to visit him yesterday with two of his daughters. She said his physical condition was horrifying,” the spokesman said.

“He is incredibly small and his clothes haven’t been changed and he hasn’t showered since being arrested. His nails haven’t been cut and there were blotch marks on his face and his teeth.”
Despite the terrible state, Adnan remains conscience and is able to communicate.

“She said his mental state is still fine. He was very aware and he was able to speak to them,” the spokesman added.

“His daughter, aged four, was asking why her father looked like that and why can’t they take him home,” he added.

Adnan is currently in Safed in northern Israel, but it is believed the military plans to to take him back to Ofer Prison in the coming days.

His personal lawyer is currently prevented from visiting him, contrary to international law, though a lawyer from Addameer has been permitted to visit.

A Physician for Human Rights doctor was due to inspect Adnan in jail on Wednesday to report on his conditions.

Beyond 50 days hunger strikers are in serious danger of death due to organ failure. Infamous Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands died in 1981 after 66 days of refusing food in a protest at British rule over the country.

Human rights group Amnesty International has called on Israel to either charge or release Adnan.
“For years Israel has been using administrative detention to lock up Palestinian activists without charge or trial, said Ann Harrison, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for the Middle East.

“Military commanders can renew the detention orders repeatedly, so in effect detainees can be held indefinitely. The process violates their right to a fair trial which is guaranteed by international law Israel is obliged to uphold.”
(Al-Akhbar)

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Are we not humans?

Via Silver linning


by Mohammed Suliman, EI

Last night, Israeli authorities released another 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second stage of a prisoner swap deal with Hamas, the ruling party in the Gaza Strip, according to which Hamas released the abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who had been held in Hamas’s captivity for more than five years.

Two things I wanted to flag up as a follow-up to the coverage of the prisoner deal.
First, I have sadly become used to reading news about Israel’s Ministry of Housing and Construction – no irony intended, that’s what’s it is called – issuing permits to build new settlement units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Absolutely sad news but what can we do about it?

Usually the number is a thousand or more. I genuinely can’t remember a time when I read this kind of news in which the number of the settlement units was not in thousands.

However, what is interesting about the number this time is the fact that it was 1028. Rings a bell? It’s all right; perhaps it was a mere coincidence, although the fact that it happened on the same exact day when Israel had to release the rest of 1027 Palestinian prisoners from its jails makes me doubt that it was a coincidence. That is definitely Israel’s blatant and shameless arrogance which was obviously dealt a blow by the prisoner swap deal they had to strike with Hamas, and whereby they had to ironically repair the damage by building the same number (plus one) of settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

Secondly, I watched a video of one of the released Palestinian prisoners’ reunion with his mother. I am not certain if I have a lot to say about it. One thought instantly crossed my mind when I saw it, desperately trying to gulp back my tears at the incredibly flowing emotionality of the scene: Are we not humans. I immediately recalled another clip that I watched earlier in which herds – the word is intentionally used – of Palestinians are deplorably humiliated at checkpoints by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and in which one Israeli soldier refers to them as well as everyone living “there” (meaning inside the West Bank; all Palestinians) as animals.

My tears running down my face, I continued to watch the affectionate warmth and utter passion with which the mother embraced and kissed her son where they seemed to merge again into one human being after years and years of forced separation. The son detaches himself from his mother, kneels toward her feet, and, starts kissing them.

“Are we not humans?” I kept asking myself.

In fact, although no one is in a position to judge who is more human than the other, I must say those who casually kiss their mothers’ feet as a sign of love and respect are the most human amongst all humans.

And nothing is most fitting to end with than a Shakespearean quote put in Shylock’s voice. When I was first taught The Merchant of Venice, I still remember when it was time to discuss that quote, I was disturbed by what I thought to be the undue amount of time the teacher assigned to explaining it. I never knew it would strike a chord four years later.

Shylock, a Jewish merchant who was hugely and brazenly discriminated against across Venic for only being a Jew, delivers a moving speech addressing a Christian audience in the court. Having replaced the word “Jew” with “Palestinian”, it reads as follows:

I am a Palestinian. Hath not a Palestinian eyes? hath not a Palestinian hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as an Israeli Jew is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.

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Second Phase of Swap Deal Completed: 550 Palestinian Prisoners Freed

Local Editor

550 Palestinian prisoners were freed on Sunday, in the second stage of a deal between the Zionist entity and the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

The majority of the freed prisoners returned to the West Bank, ruled by Fatah movement. The second stage of the deal included 41 prisoners returned to Gaza, two to east al-Quds (Jerusalem) two to Jordan and the remainder to the occupied West Bank.

Sunday’s release completes the Egyptian-brokered deal to exchange a total of 1,027 prisoners for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas fighters in June 2006. Shalit returned home on October 18 when Israel freed the first batch of 477 prisoners.

Unlike the first stage, the second stage did not include anyone “with blood on their hands”. The October operation included hundreds of prisoners serving life for killing Zionists.


GREAT ACHIEVEMENT

For his part, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the movement welcomed the release of all prisoners, regardless of their political affiliation.

“We are proud of this great achievement,” he said.
He said Hamas leaders would welcome all returning prisoners, and offer them assistance with housing, employment and finding a spouse.



CLASHES BEFORE THE RELEASE

Hours before the release got underway, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. They were among the crowd gathered at Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah, anxiously awaiting their relatives who were being freed.
Tempers ran high and when youths began pushing the nearby security fence and throwing rocks, soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses said.

Source: Agencies

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Touching moments at the welcome of the released prisoners – video

Via Occupied Palestine
Gazans Dancing Dabkah ,in the streets while they waiting the Freed prisoners To celebrate with Them ,It was amazing day , Full of Happiness But this Happiness mixed with sorrow because there are a lot of Prisoners in Israeli Jails , Having Hope to get Freedom. this Video BY Hani Siliman Salamah

 

550 Palestinian captives freed on Sunday evening

[ 18/12/2011 – 11:26 PM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities freed on Sunday evening 550 Palestinian captives in fulfilment of the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and the Israeli occupation through which a total of 1050 Palestinian captives were liberated in exchange of Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit.

Of the 550 liberated captives, 41 are from the Gaza Strip, 2 from Jordan and 507 from the West Bank and included six female captives.

The Gaza liberated captives arrived through the Karm Abu Salem crossing to an official and popular welcome. Deputy speaker of the PLC, Ahmad Bahar, as well as other lawmakers, government officials and factions leaders were in reception of the liberated captvies.

The West Bank captives were also received by representatives of all factions, lawmakers and thousands of family members who waited all day for their arrival.

The Israeli occupation delayed the release of the captives a few hours to spoil the joy of the families of the liberated captives.

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Israeli Army Raids WB Ex-prisoners’ Homes, Strikes Gaza

Local Editor

Israeli forces raided the homes of seven Palestinian prisoners freed during the latest prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity, Ma’an news agency reported.

“Israeli military vehicles entered the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya Sunday midnight and issued summons to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin to report to Israeli intelligence… soldiers also raided the homes of freed prisoners Nael and Fakhri Barghouthi… and Adnan Zeid al-Kilani,” the agency added.

The Israeli army also raided the homes of two freed female prisoners on Sunday.
In parallel, one Palestinian was killed and four others were injured after the Israeli air forces stroke the Palestinian navy’s location in the Gaza Strip Monday morning.

Freed female captive receives summons from the Israeli intelligence

[ 13/11/2011 – 06:26 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian sources said that IOF soldiers raided at an early hour on Sunday morning the home of freed captive Somoud Karaja from the village of Safa west of Ramallah, and handed her a summons to attend an interview with Shabak officers at Ofer prison.
The sources also said that the IOF detained the Karaja family outside their home, while they ransacked it before handing the summons to ex-captive.

Karaja was freed recently in the prisoner exchange deal reached between the occupation and Hamas. She served 3 years of a 20-year sentence. 

IOF troops storm Balata round up 4 refugees, harass liberated prisoners

[ 14/11/2011 – 01:03 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the Balata refugee camp east of Nablus city at dawn Monday and rounded up four young men, local sources reported.
They said that the IOF soldiers in 20 armored vehicles burst into the camp and searched many homes before taking the four youths, adding that they broke into the homes of two liberated prisoners including a woman and threatened them against indulging in anti-occupation activity.
The locals said that the soldiers, who used dogs in their pre-dawn raid, wreaked havoc on all searched houses.
In Qalqilia, IOF soldiers served summonses to a number of liberated prisoners, freed in the latest exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, on Sunday night including Akram Mansour the third oldest (ex) prisoner in the world.
An Israeli intelligence officer warned liberated prisoner Sumud Karaje in Ramallah on Sunday that she would be re-arrested if she returned to anti occupation activity.

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