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Khader Adnan: Dying for Justice

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Khader Adnan: Dying for Justice

Adnan symbolizes the urgency of struggling against Israeli ruthlessness.

by Stephen Lendman

He's a legend in his own time. Global human rights groups, activists, and many others support him. 

His extraordinary courage demands acknowledgement and recognition. 

Obama and officials in his administration did nothing to help him. 

Israel's media took note. American media scoundrels barely notice.

On February 17, FAIR's Peter Hart (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) headlined his Huntington Post article, "Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan," saying:

He's attracting world attention. He's Palestine's Bobby Sands. Major media scoundrels ignore him. His story begs to be told, but they're largely silent. 

"His plight is sparsely covered in the US corporate media..." Instead they cheerlead war and party while imperial America ravages the world one country at a time.

In contrast, supportive groups and alternative media champion his heroic struggle. Israel wants him dead. Supporters won't stay silent and resist. The whole world's watching, but you never know it following US television and print media.

A Robert Mackey New York Times blog article was the "newspaper of record's" sole contribution. He reported how "Palestinians and Israelis who oppose the system of military justice rallied in support of Mr. Adnan...."

His brief article was accurate to a degree but ignored the plight of Palestinians under nearly 45 years of repressive occupation and 64 years since Israel stole their country. Adnan's their symbolic hero. He's willing to die for justice. That's courage few anywhere can match.

Now 65 days and counting, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) says "fast(ing) in excess of 70 days does not permit survival." On February 19, a joint PHR-I/Addameer Prisoner Support group statement said Israel's High Court will hear his petition on Thursday, February 23 at 11:30AM. 

On Monday, Israel's Supreme Court rescheduled Adnan for Tuesday without explanation. He'll be on day 66.

PHR-I provided a detailed medical report. It explained his "immediate danger of death." Both groups expressed great displeasure that despite his condition and world activism on his behalf, Israel's High Court delayed his petition hearing. Now they moved it up. Perhaps it's still too late, and consider the problem.

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