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Khader Adnan: Dying for Justice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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