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Khader Adnan: Dying for Justice

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On February 20, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemned Israel's barbaric treatment. Prisoners resist their only way by refusing food. Dozens of previous hunger strikes occurred. Adnan did earlier when detained.

Al Mezan highlighted Israeli lawlessness, saying:

Palestine's illegally occupied. Palestinians are arbitrarily detained. Thousands are currently held and tortured, including 25 Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members for belonging to the wrong party.

Israel "deprive(s) Palestinian detainees of their rights to visitation by family and lawyers, education, access to books and magazines, and prevents (them) from purchasing needed goods and receiving appropriate medical treatment."

Inadequate amounts of poor quality food are provided, and many detainees are isolated repressively in solitary confinement for extended periods.

"Al Mezan reiterates its previous calls on the international community to intervene to end Israel's systematic and grave abuses against Palestinian detainees" and demand Adnan's immediate release.

Thousands of Palestinians rallied in support. So did hundreds of prisoners going on open-ended hunger strikes. Harsh punishment followed, including isolation in solitary confinement.

Adnan's wife Randa fears the worst, but clings to hope he'll be saved. She's enduring best she can. Five months pregnant, she has two daughters. She's been outspoken for her husband. She deplores the lack of objective reporting, including misstating what she says.

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In his 65th day, he's Palestine's longest known hunger striker. "He is fading away and his eyes are sunken," said Randa. "They are beautiful, bluish-green in color and should be seen."

He's been detained eight previous times. Since 1967, over 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned. They include about 40% of Palestinian males and thousands of women and children. Most are political prisoners. Their crime: praying to the wrong God in a Jewish state. 

As a result, Israel calls them terrorists.

After visiting Adnan on Sunday, his lawyer Jawad Boulus said he was surprised by his upbeat spirit, saying:

"You can't believe his will. I am amazed."

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YNet News mistakenly said he's being force-fed. Its Hebrew edition said "(T)he Medical Ethics Committee allowed the Israel Prison Service to treat" him....The decision was made after members of the committee spoke with the detainee and gained the impression that he does not want to die."

It mistakenly added that prison doctors "can give him transfusions of salts and sugars if necessary."

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