She "posed a threat to the area"


Israeli troops on Thursday re-arrested a Palestinian woman who was one of hundreds of prisoners released in October under a swap deal with Israel, the military said.Haneh Shalabi was arrested in Burqin village near the northern West Bank town of Jenin, on suspicion that she “posed a threat to the area” an army spoksman told AFP.…”

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Khader Adnan: 60 Days of Legendary Steadfastness

As you continue to defy oppression and as you continue to struggle for freedom, in your name and in the name of every Palestinian and in the name of every conscientious human, listen to the voices around you. Listen to the voices of the walls of the dungeon that hold you captive, listen to their silent whisper, shameful of imprisoning your dignified spirit, shameful of burying you alive, shameful of you and your steadfastness. Listen to your body break the limits of hunger, break the limits of pain. Listen to your willpower break the walls of the dungeons, listen to your courage defeat oppression, listen to your voice break the silence. And listen to the voices beyond your dark cold cell; listen to the voices rising high and growing strong with every day and every hour, listen to them chant your name, listen to them demand your freedom, listen to them repeat your words: my dignity is more precious than food.
Listen to thousands of Palestinian mothers; Listen to them gathered in front of Red Cross buildings, march through the streets of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nablus and Gaza, protest in front of Israeli dungeons. Listen to them as they hug the pictures of their children, pass their fingers over the cherished faces.
Listen to them murmur the names of their children, listen to them murmur your name while sitting in front of their homes, counting the days, the hours, the minutes until you return, until every one of you returns. Listen to thousands of Palestinian mothers say: I have two children in captivity: Mohammad and Khader… Baism and Khader… Amal and Khader… Issa and Khader. Listen to them say: Every prisoner in Israeli dungeons is my son, every prisoner in Israeli dungeons is my daughter, for a Palestinian has not one mother only, and a Palestinian prisoner has thousands of mothers. Listen to them wipe away their tears, for the pain of one Palestinian mother is the pain of every Palestinian mother. Listen to them as they raise their heads high in pride because their children are heroes, their children are writing history, fighting oppression with their mere willpower, defying world silence, defying injustice. Listen to your mother and every Palestinian mother say: Allah yerda ‘alek yamma.
The Father of Khader Adnan, his Wife (pregnant of their third child) and children
Listen to the thousands of Palestinian prisoners locked up behind Zionist bars; Listen to them in interrogation cells, defying the torture, refusing to surrender and say: we are Khader. Listen to them in dark dungeons, defying harassment, fighting against injustice and say: we are Khader. Listen to them on sick-beds, defying the pain, defying medical negligence and say: we are Khader. Listen to them in isolation cells, defying time and place, defying death and say: we are Khader. Listen to their voices penetrate the walls of the dungeons, cut distances between one Zionist jail to another and unite all Palestinian prisoners. Listen to them say: Khader, you are not alone, your message is ours, your struggle is ours, your pain is ours, your hunger is ours. Listen to them knocking on the walls of the dungeons, hoping to wake up the sleeping world. Listen to them joining you in your hunger strike, one Palestinian body, determined to break the shackles of oppressions, determined to bring down the walls of captivity, determined to be free.
Listen to the millions of Palestinians; Listen to Palestinian men and women, listen to Palestinian children, to the youth and the elderly. Listen to the Palestinians in occupied Palestine and the Palestinians in the forced exile. Listen to them marching every day in the streets of occupied Palestine, protesting in front of Zionist jails, joining hunger strikes and erecting support tents and demanding justice for Khader, demanding your freedom, demanding the freedom of every Palestinian prisoner. Listen to Palestinian pupils writing your name in their workbooks and singing of freedom, listen to Palestinian students chanting your name and telling tales of resistance and determination.
Listen to the Palestinian youth carry the flame, continue the struggle, swear never to give up, never to surrender until every Palestinian prisoner is free, never to surrender until Palestine is free, from the River to the Sea. Listen to the workers, the farmers and the teachers, listen to them defy oppression, face the occupation with their bare bodies and stand tall around you. Listen to the marching masses declare to the world: your captivity is our captivity, your freedom is our freedom.
Listen to Palestine; Listen to Haifa, listen to Beisan, listen to Nablus and listen to Jerusalem. Listen to Gaza, listen to Um Al-Fahim, listen to Nazareth and listen to Jenin. Listen to your name echo in the old city of Jerusalem, echo in the narrow streets of refugee camps, echo in the fields and the meadows of Palestine. Listen to the houses murmur your name; Every Palestinian house is your home, every Palestinian village is your home, every Palestinian town is your home. Listen to your mother Palestine; listen to her talk of your steadfastness in the face of oppression, making the olive trees stand tall and proud, making the creeks dance to spell the word dignity. Listen to your mother Palestine shout your name in pain, making the sky shed tears, making the sun hide in shame behind the clouds. Listen to Palestine tell the world: these are my children, these are my pride. Listen to Palestine one, united, behind you.
Listen to the people of conscience everywhere; listen to justice-supporters demanding justice for you and your comrades. Listen to them build bridges of solidarity with you and your comrades in every corner and every location. Listen to them break borders, extend their hands to hold yours. Listen to them come together for you, for every Palestinian prisoner. Listen to them come united for justice, for Palestine. Listen to them say: انا خضر, I am Khader, Ich bin Khader, Je suis Khader, Ta’ Me’ Khader, jo soc’ Khader, Khader naiz, 我卡德尔,olen Khader, eu son Khader, saya Khader, Είμαι Καντέρ, 私はKhader午前, मैं कादर हूँ, saya pagi Khader, jestem Khader,estoy Khader, Я Кадер, من خدر, ben Khader.
And if you listen closely, will hear something else…
You will hear the disgrace of the Arab League, too busy warmongering to hear your cry for justice, too eager to please the imperialists to hear your pain, too busy normalizing with the Zionists to care for your struggle.
You will hear the cowardice in the shouts and threats of the Zionist jailors. You will hear their defeat in the sounds of bullets and tear gas canisters, shot at protests and support tents, to silence your name. You will hear the fakeness in the shy words of “condemnations” of those who claim “support for human rights” but ignore your legitimate rights. You will hear the lie in the cautious words of “support” from those who claim “all humans are equal” but consider you “less equal” because you dare defy the Zionist entity, you dare defy injustice. You will hear silence, nothing, nichts, nada, from those who rallied non-stop and every day for the release of an occupation soldier sent to kill and destroy, but ignored you and your thousands of brothers and sisters held captive in Zionist dungeons for fighting oppression. You will hear silence, nothing, nichts, nada, from those who rallied non-stop and every day for the release of an occupation soldier sent to kill and destroy, but ignored you the first day of you hunger strike, ignored you the second day, the 10th day, the 30th day, the 50th day and ignore you on the 60th day of your legendary hunger strike.
Listen to them as they sweat cowardice with every minute of your hunger strike, listen to their faces cracking, listen to their fear, listen to their silence, listen to their disgrace, listen to their inhumanity. They wish you to lose your willpower, they wish you to surrender, they wish you to die, because with every day, with every hour, with every minute of hunger strike you expose them, expose their hypocrisy, expose their lack of conscience.
Dear brother, dear comrade,
Listen to these voices; listen to the voices of your people, your friends and your supporters everywhere. Listen to the thousands of mothers you have, listen to the thousands of brothers and sisters you have, listen to the thousands of comrades you have; their voice is your voice, their struggle is your struggle, their aspirations are your aspirations, their freedom is your freedom. Listen to their voices beyond the walls of your cell, listen as their voices unite with your voice, listen as they form one body to embrace you and protect you, to give you strength. Listen to these voices and know; you are not alone. Listen to these voices and know that you have defeated injustice, that your resistance has taught the world a lesson, has exposed its hypocrisy, has broken its silence. Listen to these voices and know that you are writing an epic in heroism, in steadfastness. Listen to these voices and know that we are telling the world, in one united Palestinian voice: Yes to the pain of hunger and no, a thousand no to the pain of submission.
Speech by the father of Khader Adnan at the demonstration outside Ziv Hospital in Safed

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Wife of Adnan: He is weak but not in a coma

Wife of Adnan: He is weak but not in a coma

[ 14/02/2012 – 09:21 PM ]

JENIN, (PIC)– The wife of hunger striker Sheikh Khader Adnan has said that he was adamant on continuing in his struggle to the finish but denied that he was in a coma.
The wife, Um Abdurahman, told the PIC reporter on Tuesday that the Sheikh was very weak and could not move but did not lose consciousness.
“He is always dizzy and frequently vomits but his morale is high and his will is of steel,” she said of her husband’s health condition.
She said that the Israeli court ruling that ordered his detention for four months and refused his lawyer’s request for his release made him more determined to continue in his hunger strike that entered its 59th day.
Um Abdurahman asked the media and all official and private sectors in Palestine and outside to stand beside her husband who is struggling on behalf of all prisoners.
Hamas MPs in the West Bank participated in a sit-in on Tuesday in solidarity with Adnan, an Islamic Jihad leader, and expressed surprise at the Arab official silence toward his case.
They asked the world community to intervene and pressure Israel to free Adnan and their kidnapped colleagues, who were detained in violation of the international laws and norms.
They called for internationalizing the issue of Palestinian prisoners and raising their issue at all international platforms and humanitarian organizations.

Human rights group warns: Adnan in a coma

[ 14/02/2012 – 11:34 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian center for the defense of prisoners has warned that detained Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Khader Adnan was in danger of death after he reportedly went into a coma.

Ismail Al-Thawbta, the director of the center, said in a press release on Tuesday that news reports from inside the Israeli jails indicated that Adnan was in a coma after his health condition greatly deteriorated after 59 days of hunger strike.
Thawabta held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the life of Adnan, adding that the policy of administrative detention, to which Adnan was protesting, was in blatant violation of the international and humanitarian laws.
He urged the Palestinian people to revolt against the Israeli repression of prisoners in general and in solidarity with Adnan in particular.
The director called on all human rights groups to intervene and pressure Israel into releasing Adnan, who is held without any charge, and asked the media to shed light on his case.

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Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike: Defeating Oppression, Liberating Palestine

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Hunger strike poster from 1995 (
You stand in the narrow room. You can barely see from the dim light. You feel the pain in every part of your body. You are not allowed to sit down and you are tired from standing. You are hungry and you are thirsty. You think of your parents’ anguish when they hear of your detention. You think of their fear over what might happen to you in interrogation cells. You think of the pain you so often felt when seeing the detention scars on the hands of people you love, you think of the horror stories you so often heard about the death traps of the Zionist entity, you think of the longing you so often felt during feasts, on holidays, during family gatherings, and remembering where your loved ones are, wondering if you will ever see them again.

You close your eyes. You think of Palestine outside the walls of this dungeon. You see her green meadows and imagine yourself running, free, not afraid, not tied up. You see her hilltops and imagine yourself sitting there, under a fig tree, and watching the goats dance to the shepherd’s flute. You see the olive trees and imagine yourself touching them, speaking to them. You see your village and you walk through its roads. You pass the house, one after the other, and you greed their owners.

You see your home. You see your father watering the small peach tree in the yard. You see your mother, bending over a piece of cloth, stitching the map of Palestine. She raises her head and you hear her say: As long as Palestine is in your heart, you will never be defeated. You open your eyes and you look at the darkness surrounding you. You hear the pain of those being tortured in the surrounding cells. You hear the screams and the insults. You hear answers being demanded. You hear threats, violent threats. You hear silence, nothing but silence. Then you hear a cry that pierces through your heart. You whisper to yourself: We will never be defeated.

From his dark, isolated cell, Khader Adnan is teaching the world a lesson in resistance and in steadfastness. He is defying the Zionist jailors, defying hunger, defying oppression and inhumanity. He is telling the world the message of millions of Palestinians held captive by the Zionist entity, the message of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held captive in Zionist dungeons. He is telling the world in the name of Palestine: we would rather starve to death than surrender to injustice and humiliation. He is telling the world in our name: my dignity is worth more than food and nourishment. Khader Adnan looks at the walls of the cell and sees not the darkness, but the green meadows of Palestine. He defies his body and feels not hunger, but strength. He defies his jailors and feels not broken, but powerful. He hears his father’s voice, his mother’s voice, his wife’s voice, his children’s voice. He hears the voice of the Palestinian people beyond the dungeon walls, supporting him, giving him strength, forming one body to protect him and speaking in one voice to demand his freedom and the freedom of every single Palestinian prisoner. And from that cell, and through his willpower and determination, Adnan is breaking the shackles, he is breaking the walls of captivity and injustice and reaching out to embrace freedom.
These last weeks, we have followed the heroic struggle of Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan, 43 years old from ‘Arraba, and father of 2 children, who is held by the Zionist entity without trial or charge. Adnan has been on hunger strike since over 55 days, not only to protest his illegal detention and the ill-treatment he receives at the hands of Israeli jailors, but also to protest the illegal detention of thousands of Palestinians, held captive without charge or trial in dark cold dungeons under inhumane conditions. He is protesting the captivity of thousands of Palestinians whose only “crime” is their love of Palestine and their yearning for freedom and for a better future for their children.

Adnan was kidnapped from his home, from the midst of his family. On the way to the detention centre, he was brutally beaten and thrown in the interrogation cell despite his injuries. To break his will and to force confessions out of him, Zionist interrogators continuously insulted and threatened him, punished him with isolation, banned him from family visits, and denied him medical care. While he was subjected to brutal interrogation daily, his health was rapidly deteriorating.
On 30.12.2011, he was transferred to Ramleh prison hospital and placed in isolation. Adnan’s heroic struggle and steadfastness continue. He is still on hunger strike, for the 55th day, resisting the jailors, resisting injustice, fighting for his legitimate rights, for his dignity and for his freedom. Actions in support of Adnan and demanding his immediate release have been organized and held all over occupied Palestine, from marches to protests to solidarity tents. His struggle has also been supported by his comrades in jail, some of whom have declared hunger strike in solidarity with Adnan and his just demands.

One of the symbols of Palestinian resistance and one of the milestones in the history of Palestinian national struggle is the Palestinian prisoner movement and its never-ending struggle for freedom. The struggle of Palestinians does not end with their imprisonment, but a new stage of steadfastness and resistance begins. Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Zionist dungeons fight an intense battle armed only with their will, their steadfastness and their belief in their just cause. Despite the torture, the pain, the hunger and the cold, Palestinian prisoners resist the torture instruments of the interrogators and the whip of the jailors.

They struggle daily with inhumane treatment, with torture, with humiliation, with harassment, with over-crowded, damped and strangled cells, with medical negligence, with isolation and other forms of punishment. They fight daily for their legitimate rights; they fight daily for their right to food, to drink, to see their families, to see a lawyer, to receive medical treatment, to be tried fairly, to be free. They struggle daily for the right to be treated as humans, to defeat injustice, to survive. Their strength and willpower in the face of injustice is unprecedented, their steadfastness is legendary, their sacrifices are forever written in our books, engraved in our collective memory.

A hunger strike is a legitimate form of resistance used by Palestinian prisoners in the fight for their rights. Through hunger strikes, Palestinian prisoners defy the jailors that stand between them and freedom, and defy the walls that stand between them and Palestine. Through their willpower and their unwavering determination, they tell the whole world: Yes to the pain of hunger… No and a thousand NO to the pain of submission. Hunger strikes may be declared for a day, two days or be open hunger strikes that last until the prisoners’ demands are met. They are either general hunger strikes, where all prisoners in all Israeli jails take part, or partial hunger strikes where Palestinian prisoners in a particular Israeli prison declare a hunger strike to protest ill-treatment at that particular prison. Palestinian prisoners have declared hunger strikes countless times, but following is a list of some of them(1):
  • – Hunger strike on 18.02.1969 in Ramleh prison, lasted 11 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 18.02.1969 in Kfar Yona detention centre, lasted 8 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 28.04.1970 in Nevi Tirza prison, lasted 9 days (only female prisoners).
  • – Hunger strike on 05.05.1970 in Asqalan prison, lasted 7 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 13.09.1973 in Asqalan prison, lasted 25 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 11.12.1976 in Asqalan prison, lasted 45 days, and was renewed on 24.02.1977 for 20 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 14.07.1980 in Nafhah prison, lasted 32 days. Prisoners in other Israeli jails joined in the strike, and there was much Palestinian public support for the hunger strike. The Israeli prison authority tried to break the hunger strike by forcing liquids into the throats of the prisoners, which led to the martyrdom of Ali Al-Ja’fari from Dheisheh RC and Rasim Halawah from Jabalia.
  • – Hunger strike in September 1984 in Jneid prison, lasted 13 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 12.11.1984, lasted few days, (only female prisoners).
  • – Hunger strike on March 1985 in Nafhah prison, lasted 6 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 25.03.1987 in Jneid prison, lasted 20 days. Over 3000 Palestinian prisoners in other Israeli jails joined in the strike.
  • – Hunger strike on 23.01.1988 in all Israeli jails. This hunger strike was declared in solidarity with the general strike declared by the Unified Leadership of the Intifada.
  • – Hunger strike on 23.06.1991 in Nafhah prison, lasted 17 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 27.09.1992 in all Israeli jails, lasted 15 days. It is called the “Mother of all Battles” by Palestinian prisoners. Over 12000 Palestinian prisoners joined the strike that received much Palestinian public support. Hussein Ibeidat from Jerusalem died of medical negligence during the strike.
  • – Hunger strike on 21.06.1994 in most Israeli jails, lasted 3 days. It was declared after the signing of the Gaza-Jericho Accord, to protest the part about the release of Palestinian prisoners and its mechanism.
  • – Hunger strike on 18.06.1995, lasted 18 days. It had the motto: “The release of all Palestinian political prisoners without exception”, in an effort to bring attention to their cause before the Taba negotiations.
  • – Hunger strike in 1996 in most Israeli jails, lasted 18 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 05.12.1998 in Ramleh prison, to protest the release of criminal prisoners in a deal for the release of political prisoners.
  • – Hunger strike on 02.05.2000 in Ramleh prison, lasted about a month.
  • – Hunger strike on 26.06.2001 in Neve Tirza prison, lasted 8 days, (only female prisoners).
  • – Hunger strike on 15.08.2004 in all Israeli jails, lasted 19 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 10.07.2006 in Shatta prison, lasted 6 days.
  • – Hunger strike on 18.11.2007 in all Israeli jails, lasted 1 day.
More recently, on 07.04.2010, Palestinian political prisoners in 10 Israeli jails and 3 military detention facilities started a 24-hour comprehensive hunger strike to protest the inhumane treatment they receive on the hands of Israeli prison authority, the use of family visits to blackmail Palestinian prisoners and the humiliating treatment and the abuse their families endure during visits and the cancellation of family visits for Gaza detainees since 4 years and for many West Bank detainees. This action was repeated on the 17th and 27th of April. On 03.07.2011, around 7000 Palestinian prisoners held captives in Israeli dungeons went on a one-day hunger strike to protest the repressive measures of the Israeli prison administration. According to the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ spokesperson:

“Palestinian prisoners in all Israeli jails were the target of an unprecedented terror campaign of repression, isolation, and transfer from one prison to another over the past few weeks. He said that the campaign peaked with the beating of the oldest serving prisoner Nael al-Barghouthi, which prisoners condemned as a violation of all red lines, along with the isolation of many prisoners serving high sentences.”(2)

Often Palestinian prisoners start a hunger strike to protest medical negligence or baseless punishments such as isolation. They are promised release from isolation to be isolated again after they end their hunger strike. Isolated prisoner Haitham Salhiyyeh went on a hunger strike to protest the Israeli prison authority’s policy of medical negligence. Even after 13 days of hunger strike, and despite his medical condition, Haitham did not get the needed medical treatment, in addition to being isolated. Mousa Dudeen went on a hunger strike for 25 days, his health deteriorated and he was promised an end to isolation if he ends his strike. He did that but was sent back to isolation after some time.
Abbas As-Sayyid went several times on hunger strikes to protest his isolation and the inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners on the hands of Israeli jailors. In May, 2011, he went on hunger strike for 23 days, during which no lawyer was allowed to visit him. He was transferred to hospital after his health deteriorated, nonetheless he went on with the hunger strike.
On 20.06.2011, Atef Wreidat, 45 years from Ad-Dahriyyeh, was isolated, despite suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes, and despite being desperately in need of an operation. He went on a hunger strike and refused to take his medication to protest the continuous delay of the heart surgery he desperately needs, the inhumane treatment and arbitrary measures against him by the Israeli prison authority and the policy of medical neglect.
According to Wreidat’s lawyer, “imprisoning Wreidat in solitary confinement, while he is going on a continuous hunger strike and refusing to take medicine is a death sentence.”(3) He was transferred to Ramleh prison hospital after his health deteriorated as a result of the hunger strike.
On 27.06.2011, Atef ended his hunger strike when the Israeli prison administration promised to end his isolation and to transfer him to another prison, only to resume it 2 days later after being tricked by the Israeli prison administration. “..instead of transferring him to another prison, as promised, the Israeli prison administration imposed sanctions on him after he ended his hunger strike, which included a 4-month ban on family visits, a 2-year ban from pursuing education in prison, a 1-month ban from using canteen services and more than $500 fine. It also said it will keep him in Asqalan prison for a month and place him in solitary confinement for three weeks.”(4)
After her release, former prisoner Raja’ Al-Ghoul described her captivity in Israeli dungeons. She was kidnapped in the middle of the night from her home, was handcuffed and taken to Jalameh prison. Al-Ghoul was made to sit on a chair for a whole day with her hands cuffed behind her and was threatened with torture and the arrest of her husband to force confessions out of her, which she refused. During the 25 days of interrogation she refused food and only drank water, and on the last day of interrogation she was placed in a very cold room, with one stone bed and a very stinky mattress. Al-Ghoul was told by the interrogators that she is to spend her detention time in that cold cell as punishment for not confessing. When she still refused to confess, Al-Ghoul was lo ked up together with Israeli criminal prisoners where she continued her strike and refused to take her heart medicine. Upon the deterioration of her health, the Israeli prison authority was forced to transfer her to section 11 of the Tal Mond prison (for political prisoners).
The Zionist entity doesn’t want Palestinians to protest injustice, oppression, humiliation. It doesn’t want their voice to awaken the sleeping conscience of the world. It wants the Palestinians to die in silence. It wants them to watch in silence as their land is usurped, as their homes are demolished, as their children are robbed of their childhood, as they are robbed of life.
It wants Palestinians to watch in silence as their comrades are being hunted down by Zionist snipers.
It wants Palestinian fathers and mothers to watch in silence as their children are being attacked by fully-armed Zionist colonists. It wants Palestinian villagers to watch in silence as bulldozers uproot their olive fields.
It wants Palestinian prisoner to die in silent in the Zionist death cells.
In 2004, Tzahi Hanegbi, former Israeli minister of internal security, said after Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails declared a hunger strike against the inhumane prison conditions:

“They can strike for a day, a month, until death. We will ward off this strike and it will be as if it never happened. He has ordered large, open grills to be set up to barbecue meat and for bread to be baked just outside the prison doors, to torture prisoners with the smells. Prison guards are encouraged to eat all this in front of the fasting prisoners.”(5) He later said: “for all I care, they can starve to death!”(6).

And because the Zionist entity wants the Palestinian to remain silent, suffer in silence, die in silence, it kills them to silence their voice that is shouting for justice, and it kills them to silence the voice that is exposing the criminal terrorist racist nature of the Zionist entity.
When the Palestinians plant olive trees, the Zionist entity uproots the trees. When the Palestinians build homes on their land, the Zionist entity demolishes them. When the Palestinians march for their rights, the Zionist entity kills them. When Palestinian children dream of freedom, the Zionist entity kills their dreams. When Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strikes to protest their inhumane and illegal detention, the Zionist entity tries to silence their voice because the strong will and determination of the Palestinian prisoners exposes the inhumanity and the cowardice of the Zionist jailors.
And when Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike to protest their inhumane and illegal detention, the Zionist prison authority tries to silence their lives by forcibly breaking these strikes. This had lead to the martyrdom of some prisoners. According to various reports, hunger strike martyrs include:
  1.  Abdel Qader Jabir Ahmad Abu Al-Fahim, from Jabalia RC, killed on 11.05.1970 in Asqalan prison.
  2. Rasim Mohammad Halaweh, from Jabalia RC, killed on 20.07.1980 in Nafha prison.
  3. Ali Shehadeh Mohammad Al-Ja’fari, from Dheisheh RC, killed on 24.07.1980 in Nafha prison.
  4. Anis Mahmoud Douleh, from Qalqilia, killed on 31.08.1980 in Asqalan prison.
  5. Ishaq Mousa Al-Maraghah, from Silwan, killed on 16.11.1983 in Beir Al-Sabi’ prison.
  6. Hussein As’ad Ubeidat, from Jerusalem, killed on 04.10.1992 in Asqalan prison.
On 27.09. 2011, over 100 Palestinian prisoners started an open hunger strike to protest Israeli treatment and demand their rights and their freedom and demand an end to solitary confinement and an end to the systematic humiliation of Palestinian detainees and their families. Amongst a strong public support campaign that included marches, support tents, hunger strikes in solidarity, conferences, etc., the executive committee of the PLO called for a 2-hour commercial strike on 12.10.2011, and declared the day a national day for the support of the prisoners. Various groups, organizations and committees called for the day to be a day of general strike to show the importance of the prisoners’ issue, and called for the closure of commercial facilities, schools and universities, so everyone can take part in the support activities. And while some political parties called for a general strike the whole day, others wanted to limit it to only 2 hours. Some municipalities called for a general strike in their areas, while others were satisfied with a 2-hour commercial strike (early in the morning when commercial activities are low anyway). While schools, ministries and other state institutions have a day off on “occasions” such as “the PA UN statehood bid”, and employees and students are “urged” to march and “show their solidarity”, action days in solidarity with the prisoners or with Jerusalem are work-as-usual-days. For example, on 23.6.2011, a 5-minute traffic-stop was declared in solidarity with detainees. Yes, 5 minutes for the prisoners of conscience in comparison to “sending” employees and students to join car parades and marches all day long in “support of the statehood bid”.
In a letter smuggled out of his isolation cell, Palestinian political prisoner Hasan Salameh says:” If I could buy your support for me and for the other prisoners with all that I possess, I swear I would not fall short.” The struggle of the Palestinian prisoners is our struggle, the struggle of every one of us. The “battles of the empty stomachs” have kept the flame of resistance alive inside the dark dungeons. These “battles” are a call to the Palestinian streets to stand in solidarity with the prisoners, to join them in their struggle, to feel their hunger, their thirst, their pain. They are a call to remind us that the prisoners are still alive in the graves of Zionism, that they yearn for freedom.

They are a call to join our voice with theirs, make it louder to shatter all walls of silence, and make it heard everywhere: Yes to the pain of hunger… No and a thousand NO to the pain of submission. But we shouldn’t wait for the prisoners who sacrificed their freedom for our freedom to “knock on the walls” to remind us that their struggle is our struggle. We shouldn’t wait for them to start hunger strikes in order to remind us of their existence and of their suffering. We shouldn’t wait for the prisoners to remind us that they are dying a slow death inside Israeli dungeons. We shouldn’t wait for the prisoners to remind us of our duty.


No, we shouldn’t wait for the prisoners to “knock on the walls”, we shouldn’t wait for them to start the revolution. We should start the revolution and free them all! They have not only sacrificed their youth and their freedom for Palestine, but some have even sacrificed their lives. The blood, the pain and the sacrifice of Palestinian prisoners is a scream that breaks the shackles and breaks through the walls of the dungeons and paves the way for the freedom of every Palestinian.

We owe it to the Palestinian prisoners, we owe it to every single one of them, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, those who are currently on hunger strike, and those who were on hunger strikes many times, those whose hunger strike made headlines and those whose hunger strike went unnoticed.

We owe it to their mothers, their fathers, their siblings, their comrades to remember them, to tell their stories, their pain, their struggle, their dreams and their aspirations. We owe it to our fathers, mothers, siblings and comrades to reach out through the walls of the dungeons and hold the hands of the prisoners in ours, press on them, and promise them that the struggle will continue until sun rays break the walls of the dungeons. We owe it to them to keep the flame of struggle lit and bright until every single Palestinian prisoner is free, until all of Palestine is free. We owe it to them, to every Palestinian prisoner, to raise our voices high, united and strong, for their freedom and for their dignity. ALL Palestinian prisoners deserve our support.

Every single one of them needs our voice, needs our support. They don’t deserve to be reduced to a single line added to certain petitions whenever we find it appropriate or necessary , they deserve to be more than numbers in an article. Palestinian prisoners deserve that we tell their parents that they are not forgotten, that their children are our children, our brothers, our sisters and our comrades. They deserve that we tell their parents that the pain of their children is our pain, that the captivity of their children is our captivity, that the freedom of their children is our freedom. They deserve that we memorize their names, repeat the often forgotten and ignored heroes, they deserve that we give names to the numbers we often quote and to give names to the faces that are locked up behind bars and to fight for their freedom until every single Palestinian prisoner is free. Palestinian prisoners deserve not only a day of rage, a day of solidarity or a day of revolution, they deserve that every day is a day of rage, a day of solidarity and a day of revolution until every single Palestinian is free, until Palestine is free.

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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
 Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526

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!

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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.
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.
Photos courtesy of Joe Catron

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Last chance appeal for near-death Palestinian hunger striker

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.”

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