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Khader Adnan's Struggle Continues

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Addameer, other human rights groups, and many others supported him from day one. They won't forget him now. His struggle for life and justice continues. 

Ironically his scheduled April 17 release day falls on Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Established in 1976, it initially highlighted many thousands of unjustly imprisoned and brutally treated Palestinians. Annual commemorations continue until occupation ends and Palestinians again live free on their own land in their own country.

Adnan's Wife Randa Speaks Out

On February 22, Adnan's wife Randa explained how his persecution highlighted the plight of thousands of other Palestinian political prisoners. In a published statement, she said his struggle "transformed him into a global figure and a shining symbol of my people's struggle."

She'll never forget December 17 when Israeli forces stormed their home at 3AM. "The havoc they wreaked will always be etched on the minds of our two daughters, Ma'ali, age four, and Baysan, one-and-a-half years old. I would not be surprised if even our unborn baby will also be affected. Such was the trauma that accompanied that raid."

It's standard Israeli middle-of-the-night terror, even to arrest young children.

Randa called her husband a longstanding student activist. "He is no shadowy figure but an outspoken local leader against the Israeli occupation." His crime is wanting to live free. He abhors violence and was never charged with committing it.

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During previous detentions, he used shorter-duration hunger strikes to resist. "What drives my husband to pursue this dangerous and difficult form of resistance," Randa asked?

"I have no doubt it is the unjust nature of 'administrative detention' and its notorious methods of torture and humiliation."

Free or detained, Adnan's driven to achieve liberation, justice, and public knowledge of decades of Israeli ruthlessness. His ordeal delivered a message that tyrannical inhumanity like this must end.

Randa knows Israel may try to renege on its agreement. It does often and can't be trusted. If Adnan's affected, she has "no doubt my husband would not hesitate to resume his stoic struggle with even more strength and determination."

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"For me, the most difficult part of this ordeal (was knowing) at any time I could receive a phone call announcing that my husband is dead. But this is the price for our freedom. It is the indispensable sacrifice needed so that our children might enjoy a life of freedom and dignity."

Given that commitment, can others worldwide not stand supportively with him! Randa extended her family's "heartfelt thanks and appreciation" to everyone rallying in his behalf. 

His struggle is ours. We're all Khader Adnan.

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