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This arrangement replicates many others. It permits indefinite detentions and re-arrests of those released. Numerous freed Palestinian prisoners, in exchange for Gilad Shalit, have been hounded, persecuted, and again arrested on spurious charges or none at all.

If Adnan's released as agreed, recovers, and returns to normal life, he's very much at risk for repeat treatment. Previously he was arrested and imprisoned eight times. His current detention is number nine. Will another be forthcoming when he's no longer a cause celebre out of sight and mind?

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He was detained but uncharged. Israel's deal confirms no legitimate grounds for holding him in the first place. Like thousands of other Palestinians, it reflects decades of ruthless persecution.

Claiming Adnan or others pose security risks is spurious cover for decades of state terror, land grabs, ethnic cleaning, home demolitions, dispossessions, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, torture as official policy, and slow-motion genocide to claim all valued Judea and Samaria territory, including Jerusalem exclusively for Jews.

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Addameer called for his immediate release as well as hundreds of others administratively detained but uncharged.

It also expressed great concern for his health, saying he remains "in critical condition after over two months of hunger strike." Whether or not it continues, "he must receive proper arrangements for observing his health condition, which will likely now have irreversible consequences."

If he agrees to ingest food, "the potential complications from such a protracted hunger strike will require urgent and trusted care, which can only be provided if he is released."

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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.

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