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Khader Adnan's Struggle Continues

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Khader Adnan's Struggle Continues

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His body's so deteriorated that survival isn't assured.

by Stephen Lendman

Adnan symbolizes decades of merciless Israeli repression. He preferred death over living under its ruthless boot.

Now, after Israel's promised April release, he struggles to live. Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) examined and him several times during Safed Hospital captivity. He's still there in deteriorated condition.

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Sixty-six days without food left him perilously close to death. After he agreed to again ingest food, PHR-I said he's "expected to go through a long and complicated recovery process." Its outcome is far from certain. PHR-I will issue regular updates.

The Addameer Prisoner Support Group expressed these and others concerns. It said Adnan refused to stop fasting unless unconditionally released after his four-month administrative detention ended, dated from December 17, his arrest day, not January 8th ordered detention.

The agreed deal falls short. It states that if "secret material" unavailable to counsel "presents itself during the next two months, there would still be grounds" to renew his detention indefinitely.

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?

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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