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Title: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: give her dixie on February 12, 2012, 04:43:53 PM
Khader Adnan is set to begin his 58th day on hunger strike, and is determined to fast until death. Speaking yesterday from his prison cell, where he is shackled to his bed, Khader delivered the following statement:
 
“I started my battle offering my soul to God almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. I am defending my dignity and my people’s dignity and not doing this in vain."
 
"The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey,” Adnan wrote.

 
His letter, delivered by Jalal Abu Wasil, a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs who visited him in hospital, also highlighted that Adnan refused to be examined by doctors.
 
“Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed. The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression.”
 
“I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on,"
 
"It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans.”

 
Human Rights Watch (HRW)  issued a statement today where they called on Israel to either release Khader or charge him with an offence.
 
“Israel should immediately end its unlawful administrative detention of Adnan and charge or release him,”
 
“He may be approaching death from his hunger strike, and yet Israel is chaining him to his hospital bed without bothering to even charge him with any wrongdoing,”

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Support for Khader has come from across the world, with demonstrations been held in many towns and cities.  In Gaza and the West Bank, dozens of Palestinians have embarked on a hunger strike in solidarity with Khader.
 
A video  message of support and solidarity has come from a former Irish Hunger Striker. Tommy McKearney went 53 days without food in 1980, and was close to death before ending his fast. He knows only too well the difficulties facing Khadner, and has appealed for the international community to put pressure on the authorities to release him.
 
Click on the following link and watch Tommy's plea:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1iwWZJPl_k
 
In 1981 Bobby Sands died after 66 days on hunger strike. A trust set up in Bobby's name has now highlighted Khader's case:
http://www.bobbysandstrust.com/archives/2527
 
Yesterday, hundreds gathered at the entrance to the Ofer prison and military court, where Palestinians are tried and imprisoned by Israel. 16 people were injured by rubber-coated bullets shot by Israeli forces, and four were arrested during protests.

Today, hundreds of Palestinians in prison joined Khader in solidarity, and have begun a hunger strike. Al Jazeera Report:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdZdX_RM3E&feature=g-all-u&context=G208a333FAAAAAAAAAAA
 
An on line petition has been set up, and people from all over the world have signed to show their support and to call for his release:
http://signon.org/sign/khader-adnans-life-at-1?source=s.tw&r_by=2470434
 
Khader has now entered a critical stage in his hunger strike, where his death could come in a matter of hours.  According to a 2006 study by the British Medical Association, during the 1980 and 1981 hunger strikes in Northern Ireland, death generally occurred between 55 and 75 days. In general, the final stage of a hunger strike occurs between 45 to 75 days due to cardiovascular collapse or severe arrhythmias.
 
Please do what you can to save Khader Adnan's life. Contact the following people and demand that they intervene and save his life:
 
Please FAX to EU Court of Human Rights (which does not accept emails):+ 33 (0)3 88 41 27 30Please EMAIL to the below:
Secretary General Ban Ki-moonUnited NationsNew York, NY 10017 USAtel: 212-963-5012
fax: 212-963-7055 FAX !!!Email: ecu@un.org
 
Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations Office and Specialized Institutions in GenevaAvenue de la Paix 1-31202 GenevaFax: +41 22 716 05 55,Email: mission-israel@geneva.mfa.gov.il
Write to Israeli Embassies and Consulates in your own country. A directory of Israeli embassies can be found on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the following link:http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Sherut/IsraeliAbroad
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: seafoid on February 12, 2012, 06:22:24 PM
He has not been charged with anything.

Arbitrary administrative detention is legally incompatible with the most basic international standards of human rights, because it is without any specific charge against the prisoner. These arbitrary detentions depend on the military file and “secret evidence” which cannot be seen by the detainee or defense lawyers. This file is prepared by Israel intelligence and is “collected” illegally.

This type of detention is internationally banned and is impacting lawmakers in the Palestinian Legislative Council, members of local councils, university students, political activists, academics, trade unionists and even women and children.

The imposition of administrative detention by Article 111 of the military state of emergency imposed by the British colonial authorities of Palestine September, 1945 is illegal on the grounds that Article 43 of the Hague international agreement of 1907 prohibits an occupying power to change the legislative reality of the country occupied.
Administrative detention is the endless suffering of the prisoners because they may de detained for a decade, physically and psychologically impacting the detainee and their family based on the expectation that the next decision will be an extension of detention.
The International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights received from the Israeli military court in Ofer, that the number of additional administrative detentions issued by the Israeli military governor reached a total of 5,971 since the beginning of 2004 until the end of 2010.


Israeli justice is a sick joke
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 12, 2012, 11:46:45 PM
Not much point hunger striking as a Palestinian in protest at the Israelis. It'd akin to Jews going on hunger strike in protest of their treatment at the hands of the Nazis. Neither perpetrator cares if they were all to die.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: haveaharp on February 13, 2012, 08:26:40 AM
"and not doing this in vain"

Is exactly what he is doing.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 13, 2012, 12:57:24 PM
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=460057&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Bombers targeted staff at Israel's embassies in India and Georgia on Monday, the foreign ministry said, with a bomb going off in New Delhi but a second device in Tbilisi defused.

Indian police said a bomb hit an embassy car and wounded a woman. She was not immediately identified and there was no word on her condition.

"There was one attempted attack, and one successful, as it were," said Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for Israel's foreign ministry. "In both cases, the people concerned worked with the Israeli embassies."

He also confirmed that a bomb had been found in a car belonging to a staffer at the embassy in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, which was defused by local police.

Hirschson said the Israeli ambassador to India was not hurt in the New Delhi attack.

Israel had put its foreign missions on especially high alert ahead of the Feb. 12 anniversary of the assassination, in 2008, of the military mastermind of Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas, linked to the Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah, Imad Moughniyeh.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah had vowed to avenge Moughniyeh's death in a Damascus car-bombing, blaming it on Israel.

Israelis had also warned of possible reprisals ordered by Tehran for the assassination of several scientists involved in Iran's controversial nuclear program. No-one has claimed responsibility for the Iran killings.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: seafoid on February 13, 2012, 12:59:39 PM
"and not doing this in vain"

Is exactly what he is doing.

You don't know what it going to be the spark that wakes the world up to what Israel is doing.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 13, 2012, 01:12:36 PM
"and not doing this in vain"

Is exactly what he is doing.

You don't know what it going to be the spark that wakes the world up to what Israel is doing.

Exactly.  If Khader is allowed to die, it will set of a chain of events that will ignite a backlash. Just like here in 1981.

If anyone here has any contacts for Nationalist politicians, please contact them and ask them to speak out, and speak up for Khader. I and others have been trying for days now, and not one of them will reply to my e mails, or tweets.



Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 13, 2012, 01:16:09 PM
http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com/






Carlos Latuff:  Israel shackles Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: glens abu on February 13, 2012, 02:16:18 PM
"and not doing this in vain"

Is exactly what he is doing.

You don't know what it going to be the spark that wakes the world up to what Israel is doing.

Exactly.  If Khader is allowed to die, it will set of a chain of events that will ignite a backlash. Just like here in 1981.

If anyone here has any contacts for Nationalist politicians, please contact them and ask them to speak out, and speak up for Khader. I and others have been trying for days now, and not one of them will reply to my e mails, or tweets.

Dixie a very worrying time,have you contacted Sinn fein politicians and got no responce?
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: haveaharp on February 13, 2012, 02:19:24 PM
"and not doing this in vain"

Is exactly what he is doing.

You don't know what it going to be the spark that wakes the world up to what Israel is doing.

Problem is the world doesnt give a f**k as demonstrated by the US and UK governments. Mealy mouthed words of criticism but behind the scenes support.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: glens abu on February 13, 2012, 02:20:57 PM
Action Needed Now to Save Palestinian HungerstrikerFebruary 13, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has called for immediate action by Israeli authorities to save the life of Palestinian Political Prisoner Khader Adnan.

Speaking after an appeal was issued by Amnesty International on Israel to either charge or release Mr Adnan before it is too late.

Mr Sheehan said,

“The case of Khaled Adnan is one that humanity cannot ignore. Mr Adnan has been detained without charge by Israeli authorities using draconian powers that can allow for him indefinite imprisonment without any due process in law.

“This is an abuse of human rights that is bad enough but we are hearing that Mr Adnan’s life is in serious danger due to the effects of a hunger strike he has embarked on in protest at his detention without trial.

“Mr Adnan was arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank on December 17th and given a 4 months detention order by a military court on January 10th.

“It is time that the Israeli authorities demonstrated a commitment to humanitarian and international judicial standards. They must accept responsibility for the well-being of Mr Adnan who is in their custody.

“I am happy to endorse the call by Amnesty International to the Israeli authorities to act now to save Mr Adnaan’s life.

“Imprisonment without trial is wrong and allowing a prisoner to die on hunger strike is an affront to humanity.”

ENDS
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 13, 2012, 09:27:50 PM
Khader Adnan’s Life in Grave Danger as He Continues His Struggle Against Israel’s Human Rights Violations


Israel’s Military Appeals Court Confirms Four Month Administrative Detention Today

Ramallah, 13 February 2012 – The Israeli Military Appeals Court dismissed the appeal against Khader Adnan’s administrative detention order today, 13 February 2012. The court decision orders Khader to remain detained for the full duration of his four month administrative detention order, to be expired on 8 May.  Today’s decision follows the inconclusive Appeals Court hearing that took place on 9 February in a hospital room at the Zif Medical Center in Safad due to his critical medical condition. The decision comes as Khader Adnan persists in the 58th day of his ongoing hunger strike and his health continues to deteriorate.   
 
In the Appeals Court decision confirming Khader’s administrative detention, Judge Moshe Tirosh stated that according to the secret material available to the judge but not available to Khader or his lawyers, the court decision was “balanced”. He also commented that the secret material confirms that Khader Adnan is a political leader in the Islamic Jihad party.  In his decision, Judge Tirosh completely disregarded Khader’s lawyers’ numerous arguments, including the lack of evidence that Khader Adnan has carried out any activities providing grounds for detention; that administrative detention is used in an arbitrary manner; and that affiliation to a political party is aligned with the right to freedom of expression, assembly and political association.
 
Furthermore, in response to Khader’s statement during the appeals hearing on 9 February, which outlined the details of the torture, inhuman and degrading treatment to which he was subjected by Israeli Occupying Forces since his arrest, the military prosecutor stated that these allegations were exaggerated and did not take place in the way Khader described.  In commenting on Khader’s life-threatening health condition, Judge Tirosh stated that only Khader is to blame for his physical health condition as a result of his choice to continue his hunger strike and that his medical condition will not influence the administrative detention decision.
 
Addameer lawyer Samer Sama’n was also able to visit Khader in Zif Medical Center in Safad today. According to Khader, Israeli Prison Service (IPS) forces carried out an extensive search of his room on 10 February, despite the fact that throughout his stay in the hospital room, IPS forces have continued to shackle one arm and his opposite leg. Khader also stated that yesterday, 12 February, IPS personnel threatened to shackle all four of his limbs for reasons that were unclear to him.
 
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel doctors were permitted to visit Khader today and conduct medical examinations. This examination is only the third since he began his hunger strike. His medical condition, already at a life-threatening stage, continues to deteriorate and he is experiencing extreme pain. For more details on his current medical condition, please refer directly to Physicians for Human Rights.
 
Addameer condemns the Israeli Appeals Court Judge Tirosh’s confirming decision in blatant disregard of Khader Adnan’s life-threatening condition. Addameer further protests the Israeli Appeals Court’s blatant exploitation and violation of international law to guise its illegal and sweeping policies, including the categorization of all Palestinian parties as terrorist parties, and also protests the inaction in pursuing serious investigation into Khader’s claims of torture, abuse and inhuman and degrading treatment. Addameer holds Israel accountable for the life of Khader Adnan, whose health has entered an alarmingly critical stage that will now have irreversible consequences and could lead to his fatal collapse at any moment.
 
Addameer holds the international community responsible for not taking action to save Khader’s life. Addameer demands that the European Union, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross intervene with Israel immediately before it is too late. Addameer further hails all local and international solidarity efforts made on Khader’s behalf and urges individuals to continue calling attention to this most urgent matter.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: Minder on February 13, 2012, 09:33:37 PM
I would like to think, mind you I wouldn't bet on it, that our local politicians have enough to be getting on with than getting involved in this.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 13, 2012, 09:36:27 PM
Good stuff Glens. Thanks for posting.

Khader has now entered his 59th day on hunger strike, and there is no signs that he is going to
end his strike. It looks like he is going the distance.

Israel are holding him without trial, or charges, much like internment.

The sooner Politicians and Governments stop giving credit to this racist apartheid state the better.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with them for photo opportunities is just legitimizing their behavior,
and several Irish politicians north and south are guilty of this.

The ethnic cleansing continues on a daily basis, and the murders continue.

Airstrikes on Gaza on Saturday night left a 71 year old farmer dead, and several injured.

Lets hope some light will appear, and Khader's life will be saved.

Somehow, I doubt it.



Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike, about to start his 58th day, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 13, 2012, 09:40:21 PM
I would like to think, mind you I wouldn't bet on it, that our local politicians have enough to be getting on with than getting involved in this.

While I can see your point Minder, it is worth remembering that these same politicians called for support worldwide 31 years ago when the hunger strikes went on here.

The least they can do is speak up for those who are enduring the same pain today.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 61 days now, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 16, 2012, 02:00:58 PM
Latest news on Khader Adnan, now on his 61st day on hunger strike, shackeld to his bed

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/16/khader-adnan-palestinian-hunger-strike

A Palestinian prisoner on his 61st day of hunger strike while shackled to a bed in an Israeli hospital is in immediate danger of death, according to a medical report submitted to the supreme court in an effort to secure his release.

Khader Adnan, 33, a baker from a village near Jenin, is being held without charge by the Israeli authorities under a four-month term of "administrative detention". He began his hunger strike on 18 December, the day after being arrested.

Adnan's lawyers have submitted a petition for his release to Israel's supreme court, but no date has been set for a hearing. The situation was urgent, lawyer Mahmoud Kassandra told the Guardian. "This is the last chance. The medical report says he could die at any minute. We hope this will succeed but I am not optimistic."

Adnan's hunger strike is in protest at his detention without charge or being told of any evidence against him, and over his claims of abuse and degrading treatment during arrest and interrogation. This is his ninth period of detention, according to reports. In the past he has acted as a spokesman for the militant group Islamic Jihad.

He was examined by a doctor from Physicians for Human Rights on Wednesday at the Rebecca Ziv hospital in Safed. Adnan was shackled by both legs and one arm, the doctor reported.

"He has lost 30kg and weighs 60kg. He suffers from stomach aches, vomiting, sometimes with blood, and headaches … His general condition is pale and very weak, his tongue is smooth, he has slight bleeding from the gums, dry skin, loss of hair, and significant muscular atrophy. His pulse is weak, blood pressure 100/75. He is permanently connected to a heart monitor."

Adnan agreed to be treated with an infusion of liquids and salts, with the addition of glucose and vitamins, the doctor reported. "However, he maintains his refusal to end his hunger strike." He was lucid and aware.

He was "in immediate danger of death," the doctor concluded. "An absolute hunger strike in excess of 50 days causes the decomposition of muscles... and the creation of toxins in the body. Death may occur suddenly, due to heart failure or the result of infection following the collapse of the immune system. Bleeding in the digestive tracts and renal or hepatic failure are possible.

"A fast in excess of 70 days does not permit survival. Infusion of liquids, adjustment of salts, and the addition of glucose and vitamin cannot prevent certain death due to such a protracted hunger strike."

Adnan's wife, Randa, his two daughters and his father were permitted to visit him on Wednesday, although his mother, sister and brother were refused.

"Randa told me he was very thin and his health was worsening but his mental health is good," his sister Maali said from the family home in Arrada. "But the whole family is worried, and Randa doesn't know if she will see him again."

Adnan's elder daughter, also called Maali, who is nearly four, understood her father is very sick and was anxious about giving him a hug, the older Maali said. "She is telling her mother, please stop crying." The younger daugher, Bissan, is 18 months and Randa is six months pregnant with the couple's third child.

Following the visit, Adnan's father addressed a demonstration outside the hospital in solidarity with Adnan, reporting that his son's morale was high. "He does not undertake this hunger strike for its own sake, but he yearns for freedom for his people, for his countrymen, in order to live with heads held up high, without occupation," Jihad Adnan told protesters.

Thousands of Palestinians and other supporters of Adnan have protested in the West Bank and Gaza, and outside Ofer military prison near Jerusalem. There have been clashes with police, who have fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners' support group, detainees in other prisons have also begun refusing food.

Many protesters say Adnan has become a symbol of Israel's occupation and its treatment of prisoners. More than 300 Palestinians are held under "administrative detention" orders in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian Authority has appealed for Adnan's release. Physicians for Human Rights on Thursday urged to Israel's president, Shimon Peres, to intervene in the case because of the prisoner's dire medical condition.

Earlier this week, an Israeli military court rejected an appeal against Adnan's continued detention. The Israeli prison service has said Adnan was being dealt with in accordance to his "definition as a security-administrative prisoner" and with humanitarian sensitivity.

Adnan's hunger strike has attracted a big following on Twitter and Facebook. Many of his supporters complain his case is being ignored by the mainstream media. There has been little coverage in the Israeli and international press.

Bobby Sands, the Irish republican prisoner who died on hunger strike in a Northern Ireland prison in 1981, lasted 66 days without food. According to the British Medical Association, death generally occurs between 55 and 75 days of a hunger strike.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 61 days now, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 16, 2012, 02:10:03 PM
Another good article from an Irish journalist on Storyful, which includes messages
of support from Tommy McKearney who went 53 days on Hunger Strike in 1980,
and from Oliver Hughes, who lost his brother Francis after 59 days, and his cousin
Thomas McElwee after 62 days in 1981

http://storyful.com/stories/1000021898
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 61 days now, and is near death
Post by: seafoid on February 16, 2012, 02:54:01 PM
Israel and the dream of the return to Zion has turned into a desperate colonial mess.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 61 days now, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 16, 2012, 03:00:56 PM
Saving Khader Adnan's life is saving our own soul

Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

The world watches as tragedy unfolds beneath its gaze. Khader Adnan is entering his 61st day as a hunger striker in an Israeli prison, being held under an administrative detention order without trial, charges, or any indication of the evidence against him.

From the outset of his brutal arrest in the middle of the night - in the presence of his wife and young daughters - he has been subject to the sort of inhumane and degrading treatment that is totally unlawful and morally inexcusable. Its only justification is to intimidate, if not terrify, Palestinians who have lived for 45 years under the yoke of an oppressive occupation. This occupation continuously whittles away at Palestinians' rights under international humanitarian law - especially their right to self-determination, which is encroached upon every time a new housing unit is added to the colonising settlements that dot the hilltops surrounding Jerusalem and the West Bank.


 Hundreds of Palestinians join hunger strike
The case of Khader Adnan is a revealing microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of prolonged occupation. It draws a contrast in the West between the dignity of an Israeli prisoner and the steadfast refusal to heed the abuse of thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails through court sentence or administrative order.

Mr Adnan's father poignantly highlighted this contrast a few days ago by referring to Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas in captivity for several years and recently released in good health: "Where are the mother and father of Gilad Shalit? Do they not feel for me in this humanitarian case? Where are they?" He went further in drawing this comparison: "My son was arrested from his house, from among his wife and children, was taken prisoner. He was not carrying any weapon. Whereas Shalit was fighting against the people of Gaza, and destroying their homes, and firing upon, and Shalit was released."

It is true that foreign authority figures, from the UN Secretary General on down, showed their empathy for the agony experienced by Israelis concerned for the wellbeing of Shalit, but these same personalities are notably silent in the much more compelling ordeal being experienced before our eyes in the form of Mr Adnan's captivity, seemingly unto death. It should not be surprising that surviving family members of IRA hunger strikers should step forward expressing solidarity with Mr Adnan and compare the Irish experience of resistance to that of the Palesinians.

And who is Khader Adnan? We do not know very much about him except that he is a member of the Islamic Jihad Party. There are no accusations against him that implicate him in violence against civilians. His fellow prisoner from an earlier period of confinement in Ashkelon Prison, Abu Maria, recalls his normalcy and humanity while sharing a cell, emphasising his interest in informing other Palestinians: "Prison was like a university in those times and he was one of the professors." Commenting on his hunger strike that has brought him extreme pain, Abu Maria says he is convinced that Khader Asnan wants to live, but will not live in humiliation: "He is showing his commitment and resistance in the only way he can right now, with his body."

Adameer, the respected Palestinian NGO concerned with prisoners, "holds Israel accountable for the life of Khader Adnan, whose health has entered an alarmingly critical stage that will now have irreversible consequences and could lead to his fatal collapse at any moment". Physicians who have observed his current condition conclude that, at most, he could live a few more days, saying that such a hunger strike cannot be sustained beyond 70 days in any event. Any attempt at forced feeding to keep a prisoner from dying is widely viewed as an additional abuse, a form of torture.

Finally, the reliance by Israel on administrative detention in cases of this sort is totally unacceptable from the perspective of the Geneva Convention, especially so when no disclosure of the exceptional circumstances that might warrant for reasons of imminent security the use of such an extra-legal form of imprisonment. There are currently at least 300 Palestinians being held in a manner similar to that of Mr Adnan, and so it is no wonder that sympathy hunger strikes among Palestinians are underway as expressions of solidarity.

Have we not reached a stage in our appreciation of human rights that we should outlaw such state barbarism? Let us hope that the awful experience of Khader Adnan does not end with his death, and let us hope further that it sparks a worldwide protest against both administrative detention and prisoner abuse. The Palestinian people have suffered more than enough already.

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has authored and edited numerous publications spanning a period of five decades, most recently editing the volume International Law and the Third World: Reshaping Justice (Routledge, 2008).

He is currently serving his third year of a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

Follow him on Twitter: @rfalk13
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 61 days now, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 17, 2012, 01:27:07 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-west-banks-bobby-sands-6988943.html

The West Bank's Bobby Sands

Khader Adnan's two-month hunger strike has made him a hero among Palestinians outraged by Israel's policy of arbitrary detention


It was only after talking with lucidity and animation for an hour about her husband's 61-day hunger strike that Randa Jihad Adnan's eyes, visible though the opening of her nekab, filled with tears. Until then, this articulate 31-year-old graduate in sharia law from Al Najar University in Nablus, the pregnant mother of two young daughters aged four and one and half, had described with almost disconcerting poise the two months following the arrest of her husband, Khader Adnan, on 17 December.

He was seized at 3.30am by some of the scores of Israeli military and security personnel who surrounded the family home in a West Bank village south of Jenin, and is now being held in the Israeli Rebecca Ziv hospital in Safed. Yesterday she was allowed to visit him with the children and her father-in-law.

There they found him, weak and extremely thin, his beard unkempt and his fingernails long. He was shackled by two legs and one arm to his bed, and was connected to a heart monitor. Though mentally alert, he could speak only with difficulty. "I was shocked," she said yesterday. "I couldn't speak for about three minutes, and it was the same for my daughters."

Mrs Adnan is convinced that the Israeli authorities only allowed the visit because they wanted the family to put pressure on her husband to end his hunger strike. He had started this on 18 December in protest at his arrest, his treatment and the subsequent detention order served on him.

"My father-in-law said to him: 'We want you to stay alive. You cannot defeat this state on your own.' He told him he wanted him to end the strike. I told him I wished he would drink a cup of milk. But he said: 'I did not expect this from you. I know you are with me all the time. Please stop it." Mrs Adnan said yesterday: "I know my husband. He will not change his mind. I expect him to die."

The day before the visit, a Red Cross delegation had gone to her home to warn her that her husband's heart could fail "at any minute". They told her that he was suffering from muscular atrophy, which was affecting his heart and stomach, that his pulse was weak, and that his life was now in extreme danger.

Physicians for Human Rights issued a medical report this week supporting a petition to the Supreme Court for his release. In it the group said that even though Mr Adnan had agreed to be treated with an infusion of liquids and salts, augmented by glucose and vitamins, he had refused to end his hunger strike and was in "immediate danger of death". The report added that a fast "in excess of 70 days does not permit survival".

The Supreme Court petition, for which no date has been set for a hearing, is the last judicial chance to save his life as Mr Adnan has said he will not end his fast until he is released from his four months of administrative detention. A military appeals court ruled this week that he must remain in detention until May.

Mr Adnan, 33, a mathematics graduate who runs a bakery in nearby Qabatya, has long been politically active. He has been convicted for being a spokesman of Islamic Jihad, one of the most militant Palestinian factions. And he has been arrested numerous times by Israel, and at least once by the Palestinian Authority, since leading a student demonstration in 1999 at Bir Zeit University against the visiting French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.

But his family insists that he has never been involved in violence; nor has he been charged with it. Indeed, on this occasion, he has not been charged with any crime. His hunger strike has focused growing attention on the practice of administrative detention, in which Palestinians can be held without trial and on the basis of secret intelligence dossiers which are not shown to the defendant or his lawyers.

With international groups like Human Rights Watch demanding his release, and almost daily demonstrations in his support outside the Ofer military court near Ramallah, his case is fast taking on some of the political resonances of Bobby Sands, the most famous of the 10 IRA prisoners who died on hunger strike in prison in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s. Sands, an elected MP, died after 66 days without food.

Sitting with her older daughter, Maali, in front of a poster of her husband proclaiming "I reject administrative detention and I will continue the hunger strike until I am released", Mrs Adnan said that he is determined to continue his fast. His resolve has been hardened, she said, not only by his summary arrest and its circumstances (he was seized while in the lavatory) but by his treatment during interrogation. She claimed her husband had been held for seven-hour periods – interspersed with one-hour breaks – on a short chair with his hands tied behind its back, causing him intense discomfort, and that parts of his beard had been torn out by interrogators.

She said he had also been subject to psychological pressure, which his lawyers told her he raised in one of his several military court appearances. "They told him bad words about me. They said 'your wife is not pure'. They told him 'now you have been arrested she is free to do anything.'" She says he told the military court that one interrogator later admitted to him: "We know you love your wife and that she loves you. That's why we said things against her."

Mrs Adnan, who said that her husband had repeatedly declared that "my honour is more precious than food", added that her only hope now is that Israel will decide "to whiten its face in the world by releasing him". She said that it is for him to take the final decision, and that when she urged him to drink milk she was mainly carrying "a message from his mother."

Mr Adnan's sister – also called Maali – tentatively acknowledged the possibility that her brother might yet be persuaded that he had done enough to transmit his message to the world protesting about the use of administrative detention without trial or charge. But, saying that Mr Adnan was a model father who "loves life", she added: "I am not sure that he wants just to deliver a message. He also wants to end the administrative detention. We have so much faith in Allah to get him out of this situation. We believe that God will not let him down."

Randa Adnan recalled that her husband told one of his lawyers: "I do now want to go to oblivion or death. But I am a man who defends his freedom. If I die it will be my fate."
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: seafoid on February 17, 2012, 09:21:37 AM
"Where are the mother and father of Gilad Shalit?

hypocrisy is the greatest luxury
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: glens abu on February 17, 2012, 09:26:31 AM
Ireland and EU must intervene to save the life of Palestinian hunger striker – Sinn Féin

February 16th, 2012 - Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD

As the Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan nears death, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore and his European counterparts to urgently intervene to save h...is life and demand that the Israeli state meet their responsibilities under international law.

Mr Adnan is being held without charge by the Israeli state under their “administrative detention” system.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk has expressed his urgent and extreme concern regarding Khader Adnan, and urged the international community to intervene on his behalf so it is not good enough for the Tánaiste to simply express concern.

“I am calling on the Tánaiste and his European counterparts to urgently intervene to save Khader Adnan’s life.

“The practice of ‘administrative detentions’ is clearly unjust and has been used systematically as part of the military occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Israeli state.

“Over the years Israel has administratively detained thousands of Palestinians for prolonged periods of time without prosecution, without informing them of the charges against them, and without allowing their solicitors to study the evidence making a mockery of the protections specified in Israeli and international law to protect the right of liberty and due process, the right of defendants to state their case and the presumption of innocence.

“There are 308 Palestinians are currently being held “administrative detentions”

“Apportioning political labels to detainees is no justification for prolonged imprisonment without trial”.
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: Trout on February 17, 2012, 12:09:18 PM
Thank god for those Sinn Fein (Official sponsors of the Queens Jubilee) and those press releases, we're would we be without them?
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: glens abu on February 17, 2012, 05:44:02 PM
Thank god for those Sinn Fein (Official sponsors of the Queens Jubilee) and those press releases, we're would we be without them?

You have to turn a thread about a mans life into point scoring TOUT,but you should try and see the bigger picture even if that is difficult for you.



SF ENSURING EQUALITY IN BELFAST ANNIVERSARIES
Sinn Féin are ensuring that equality is at the core of Belfast City Council’s work on Historic Anniversaries.

Following the news yesterday that Council is to unanimously support a funding package for events to mark the British Queen’s Jubilee, Sinn Féin Council Group Leader Jim McVeigh has explained that the overall approach to important anniversari...es requires generosity and sensitivity from all parties.

A framework for approaching the issue of important anniversaries (including centenary of 1916, women’s suffrage movement and 1913 Lockout) has been agreed by all parties through the Council’s ‘Diversity Working Group’. The group is also tasked with dealing with City Hall Memorabilia and the Flag outside City Hall.

Commenting on the work of the group, Cllr McVeigh said

“We have brought a fresh approach to the work of the Diversity Working Group, an approach that is sensitive and generous, given the importance of the work to all of Belfast citizens. Embedding equality into this work is central to our approach. On that basis, agreement has already been reached that a Civic Dinner will be held in City Hall to mark the Centenary of 1916 rising.”

“We also bring our Republican, anti-sectarian and anti-monarchist ideology to this work. Our republican approach is one of inclusion and equality. Therefore, when it comes to supporting issues such as funding for groups to mark the British Queen’s Jubilee, we are content. Not just because there are agreed principles and a framework for this decision that includes other events, but also because we are conscious that this particular initiative is important to Unionist citizens in our city.

“We look forward to developing the work of this group into the coming decade, further embedding equality into Belfast Council and ensuring tough issues are dealt with in a mature and sensitive way.”

Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 17, 2012, 06:22:24 PM
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/02/201221715355300838.html

Sixty-one days. That is how long it’s been since Khader Adnan has eaten.

The 33-year-old Palestinian was taken from his home in Arrabeh village near Jenin in the occupied West Bank at 3:30am on December 17. One day later he began his hunger strike to protest against the "humiliation and policy of administrative detention". Adnan, like hundreds of other Palestinians, was arrested under a military order that Israel has named "administrative detention", which allows prisoners to be held without charge or trial for periods of up to six months, spells that can be renewed indefinitely.

Sahar Francis is a lawyer with Addameer, a prisoner rights groups based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, and a member of Khader Adnan’s legal team. She visited the hunger striker in Ziv hospital in Safad, Israel, on Friday.

She described her client, who remains shackled to his hospital bed, as "mentally perfect, but physically very weak".

Francis told Al Jazeera that Adnan was being given only glucose and other sugars through an intravenous drip, but refusing anything else that would be considered a breach of his protest. Doctors told Francis that he could suffer from a heart attack or from the failure of other internal organs and die at any moment.

Adnan's family and legal team were hoping that he would be released this week when his case went before a military appeals court. However, the appeal was denied and the court ordered that Adnan must finish the four month administrative detention, set to end on May 8.

In response to Al Jazeera’s request for an interview, the Israeli military sent a statement that read:

"Khader Adnan was arrested with an administrative arrest warrant for activities that threaten regional security. This warrant was authorised by a judicial review."

Francis and Adnan's legal team argue that, after losing some 40kg from more than 60 days without food, Adnan is wheelchair-bound and too weak to pose a risk to anyone.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have both called on the Israeli authorities either to release Adnan or immediately charge him with criminal offences and have him tried.

Prison knowledge

For Adnan, like many Palestinians in the occupied territories, incarceration is not an uncommon experience. According to Addameer, in January there were more than 4,400 Palestinian "political prisoners" in Israeli jails. Of them, 310 were being held under administrative detention.

Adnan, who in the past was convicted of being a spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad armed group, has, according to his family, been detained nine times since his first arrest as a student activist in 1999.

It was soon after his first imprisonment that he met Mousa Abu Maria in Ashkelon prison. Abu Maria, the same age as Adnan, explained to Al Jazeera how, for many, prison is like a "university", where prisoners teach each other about global struggles and discuss how they relate to their own as Palestinians.

"The old prisoners tell the new prisoners about history of the past and when people make hunger strike and how the situation changed," he said.

The history lessons seem to spread quickly through the prisons.

"The first time that people start to talk about hunger strike, I started to hear from them about how they [could] start. Sometime they started to talk room to room about hunger strike and the goal in going on hunger strike."

The stories, Abu Maria said, "give you power and hope".

One of the stories commonly told among Palestinians inside Israeli prisons is of the ten republican prisoners in Northern Ireland who died as a result of their hunger strike in 1981. Most famous among them was 27-year-old Provisional IRA member Bobby Sands, who was elected to the British parliament during his fast, and died after 66 days of refusing to eat. This, and other hunger strikes and organised actions, were believed to have improved prisoners' conditions and made gains for their nationalist cause.

Since the rise of a Palestinian nationalist movement in the late 1960s and 1970s to combat Israeli occupation, hunger striking has been a common tactic among Palestinian prisoners that, according to Addameer's Francis, has frequenty succeeded in improving the conditions of their incarceration.

Stories such as Sands', Abu Maria said, "made us think that hunger strike is the only way a prisoner can resist".

Abu Maria served almost five years of his prison sentence and was released in 2003. However, like Adnan, he faced ongoing harassment from Israeli officials. Abu Maria's home and that of his family was later raided by Israeli soldiers, and he was eventually rearrested and placed under administrative detention in 2009.

Abu Maria told Al Jazeera that not knowing what the charges against him were - and when he would be released - made being jailed all the more difficult. He said the more than 14 months he spent under administration detention was "a really bad time in my life". 

"Now Khader is in a bad condition, and any time he can die," Abu Maria said.

With protests in solidarity with Khader Adnan already happening both in the occupied territories and inside Israel, Abu Maria said there would be widespread rage if Adnan were to die.

"I believe, if he dies, the situation in Palestine will change very fast. We can have a third intifada ["uprising"]."

Few options left

With the military's case against prisoners kept secret to both the defendant and legal teams, Addameer's Francis said defending clients under administrative detention is incredibly difficult, if not impossible. 

"You don’t have any tools to build a defence," Francis said. "This is the most serious problem for any lawyer in administrative detention cases."

She pointed out that, while administrative detention may be considered short-term, Addameer has documented cases showing prisoners kept in jail for up to six to eight years, with their detention renewed every six months.

In 2009, the UN committee against torture expressed concern with the "inordinately lengthy periods" that Israel gives prisoners and reported that it could constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

"Administrative detention thus deprives detainees of basic safeguards, including the right to challenge the evidence which is the basis for the detention, warrants are not required, and the detainee may be de facto in incommunicado detention for an extended period, subject to renewal."

After a millitary court rejected Adnan's appeal on Monday, Francis is hoping that Israel's high court will agree to review his case, including its secret evidence, in the coming days - and make a decision to release him, by either cancelling his sentence or shortening it to the time he has already served. "This is the last channel [available to us] in the Israeli legal system," Francis said.

Randa Adnan, Khader's pregnant wife and the mother of the couple's two young daughters, told the UK's Independent on Thursday: "I know my husband. He will not change his mind. I expect him to die."

With no media allowed access to prisoners, Adnan's own words have only been available through a letter that he gave to one of his lawyers on a recent visit. The Ma'an news agency, based in the occupied West Bank, published parts of the letter translated into English:

"The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey."

"Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed," the letter continued. "The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God, as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression."
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: Windmill abu on February 18, 2012, 01:51:18 AM
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Thank god for those Sinn Fein (Official sponsors of the Queens Jubilee) and those press releases, we're would we be without them?

The GAA Board should be ashamed for allowing this post while someone dies for their beliefs
Title: Re: Palestinian man on hunger strike for 62 days now, and is near death
Post by: give her dixie on February 18, 2012, 05:13:18 AM
Will post tomorrow at length, as Khader has now entered his 63rd day on Hunger strike........
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, on Hunger Strike for 63 days
Post by: seafoid on February 18, 2012, 10:23:49 AM
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is entering a new phase  driven by the realisation on the Palestinian side that the Israelis
were never going to give them a state. The last 20 years of negotiations were a waste of time.

When the negotiations started in Oslo in 1991 there were 300,000 settlers. Today there are 750,000.

Israeli deputy speaker Danny Danon explains that all of the land belongs to the Jews and the Palestinians can f*ck off

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2011/08/201185103022120129.html

This hunger strike is only the start of what we will see. The Palestinians will gain their rights but the question is will Israel survive this. 




Title: Re: Khader Adnan, on Hunger Strike for 63 days
Post by: thejuice on February 18, 2012, 01:50:46 PM
it has a strong parallel with apartheid South Africa but unfortunately the propaganda has been successful in dividing public opinion and political action.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, on Hunger Strike for 63 days
Post by: seafoid on February 18, 2012, 02:44:05 PM
it has a strong parallel with apartheid South Africa but unfortunately the propaganda has been successful in dividing public opinion and political action.
. South Africa looked untouchable in the 50s too. It all depends on whether or not Israel can manage to get the next generation of consumers behind the settlers   and without destroying its own society.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 64 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 19, 2012, 12:48:46 AM
http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-adnan-is-now-64-days-on-hunger-strike/


A few short hours ago, Khader Adnan started his 64th day on Hunger Strike.
 
Sahar Francis, a Lawyer for Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Ad-Dameer, visited Khader on Friday.  During the meeting, Khader told Francis that he is determined to continue his hunger strike, despite his gradually deteriorating health condition, Francis added that:

“his battle is not personal, but a Palestinian struggle against the illegal Administrative Detention, that confines hundreds of detainees behind bars without charges, in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Conventions”.

Francis said that the Israeli Prison Administration agreed, only two days ago, to allow Adnan to bathe, cut his hairs and nails, for the first time since he was kidnapped and taken prisoner in December 2011.

She added that Adnan still enjoys high confidence and solid determination, despite his bad health condition, and is determined to continue his strike.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, issued a statement on Saturday, saying:

“The EU is concerned over reports of the deteriorating health condition of Khader Adnan,”

Ashton went on to say that

“the EU is concerned about the extensive use by Israel of administrate detention without formal charge.”

 
Today, Khader’s wife Randa said that he was not ending his Hunger Strike, and is determined to carry on.
In his hometown, family and friends handed out bags of bread from his bakery.

On Wednesday, Randa visited him in hospital, and she described his condition in the following statement:

 ”His health has drastically deteriorated from the last time I saw him. . . .I expect the worst,
The world should pressure the Israeli government to release him before it’s too late.
Israel denied Khader fairness & decency, maybe the rest of humanity will show more mercy.”

 
A Doctor who examined Khader 4 days ago, described his condition as been “In immediate danger of death”, and his Lawyers have filed an urgent appeal. The appeal was approved by a High Court Justice, and will be heard at the earliest opportunity.

Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories,  described the situation as urgent, and said the international community should intervene on Mr. Adnan’s behalf.

In view of the emergency of his situation, the Government of Israel must take immediate and effective action to safeguard Mr. Adnan’s life, while upholding his rights,” said Mr. Falk in a statement.
 
The Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta issued the following statement on Thursday:

“The Carter Center calls on the Israeli government to immediately charge or release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who was arrested on Dec. 17, 2011, based on “secret evidence” and has been held in administrative detention without charge. Mr. Adnan has undertaken a hunger strike since his arrest 62 days ago and his life is in imminent danger. His grave medical condition has been verified by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.”

Due to the urgency of Khader’s condition, the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations (PCHRO) urges the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Union to take immediate action and intervene with Israel in the strongest manner possible to save Khader’s life.

The PCHRO demands that the international community put pressure on Israel to end his arbitrary detention before it is too late.

In Gaza and the West Bank, thousands of people came out to show their support for Khader.
Speaking to a mass rally in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh had this to say about Khader:

“We stand by the heroic symbol of prisoners, brother Khader Adnan, in his unlimited hunger strike,”

Across the world, vigils are been held for Khader, and at the Ofer prison facility, daily demonstrations are been held. The protesters have come under sustained attacks from the Israeli military, and many people have been injured after been shot with rubber bullets, and effects of tear gas inhalation.

Support for Khader Adnan has also come in from Oliver Hughes, whose brother Francis , 25, died in the H Blocks after 59 days. His cousin, Thomas McElwee, 33, also died on Hunger Strike after 62 days. In total, 10 Irish men died during this Hunger Strike in 1981 which included Bobby Sands.

OnTuesday, as Khader Adnan entered his 60th day on Hunger Strike, Oliver, sends a message of support and solidarity to Khader.

Click on the link below to hear Oliver’s message.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQg7Xy_b1s

Tommy McKearney, an Irish man who went 53 days on Hunger Strike also sent a message to Khader as he entered his 54th day last week

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1iwWZJPl_k&feature=related

A web site has been set up where messages of support from across the world have been flowing in. To leave a message, click on the following link:
http://khaderadnan.posterous.com/

Khader was arrested on 17 December 2011 and has since been refusing food and medical treatment until he is granted release. On 8 January 2012, Israeli authorities issued a four-month administrative detention order, which was confirmed on 7 February 2012 by an Israeli military judge despite his worsening health condition.

The appeal against his administrative detention order was rejected by an Israeli military judge on 13 February.
 
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 65 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 20, 2012, 03:13:44 AM
65 days now.........   

Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 21, 2012, 01:11:03 AM
Khader has now entered his 66th day on Hunger Strike. He must be one tough man.

Support for Khader has been pouring in world wide, and the spotlight has gone straight to the brutal
practice of "Administrive Detention". Internment.

While world leaders shouted from the roof tops for the release of Gilad Shilat, the Israeli POW caputred in Gaza,
and recently released, the same leaders are now silent. Thus proving once again that the PAlestinians don't really count for them.

For 6 days now, a Twitter campaign has been raging for an hour each evening.
A different hash tag is released every day, and thousands of people go flat out tweeting.
Tonight, #HungerStrikingFor65Days was top of the worldwide trends for an hour, with over 16,000 tweets.

This campaign has forced the media to sit up and take notice, and they are now covering his plight.
Today alone, my web site www.gazatvnews.com received over 2,500 hits.

I received messages of support for Khader from the McCreesh and O'Hara families, Michelle Gildernew, and Noam Chomsky

Their voices have made a big difference, and Khader's family have received the. A friend has been translating them into Arabic, and re posting.

Tomorrow, Khader's case is in the Israeli high court, and fingers crossed, he willl be released.

To date, he has not been charged or tried for ANY crime. But hey, Israel does what it does best, and that is total
humiliation and no regards for international law or for humanity.

Once I hear anaything, I will post.


Noam's message:   http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-adnan-his-life-is-in-our-hands-noam-chomsky/

Michelle:               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnSKHJ3Qejo

McCreesh's           http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-adnan-receive-message-of-support-from-mccreesh-family/

O'Hara's               http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-adnan-receives-a-message-of-support-from-patsy-oharas-family/


Also, have a listen to this song by David Rovics,   Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoEPftesWyA&feature=related
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 21, 2012, 01:32:27 AM
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/hashtagging-khader-adnan-global-protest-twitter

Hashtagging Khader Adnan: A Global Protest on Twitter

Organizing a trending hashtag for Khader Adnan is just like organizing a large protest on the corner of the busiest and most crowded street in a city.

As you read this, Khader Adnan is very close to death. It is high time the Israeli state respond to calls by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Carter Center, and many other human rights organizations to release Adnan immediately.

As Adnan enters the 65th day of his hunger strike, activists and human rights defenders have joined this campaign. In addition, Amnesty International is calling for Israel to abolish the system of administrative detention.

Adnan is the victim of arbitrary detention. He is one of 309 Palestinians who are currently being held under Israeli administrative detention. Adnan, an administrative detainee, has not been charged, he has not been tried, and he does not know when the period of detention will end. Indefinite detention without a trial or charge is not permitted under International Law. It is considered a form of arbitrary detention which no country should be practicing.

The silence of the world community is deafening. The late awakening of the mainstream media is inexcusable.Imagine if Adnan were an Iranian man on hunger strike in an Iranian jail. Would we have had to do this massive movement on Twitter to get the world’s attention? I don’t think so. The silence of the world community is deafening. The late awakening of the mainstream media is inexcusable.
While the mainstream media has failed to cover Adnan’s story, Twitter is at the forefront of the campaign to pressure the Israeli government to act. Twitter users have taken on the responsibility of filling the void created by the mainstream media.

At this moment, according to Topsy Twitter statistics, the hashtag #KhaderAdnan has been mentioned about 40,000 times on Twitter. It should be noted that this statistic excludes other related hashtags which would count in the thousands.

A hashtag is a special tool used in Twitter to mark certain tweets as part of one conversation. In order to enter a hashtag, one must add (#) before any keyword. When a hashtag is selected the user is directed to a page where they are able to read all Twitter updates using this specific hashtag. Whenever there is a big news story, a popular event, or even a revolution, people use a certain hashtag to contribute to that conversation. That is what Palestinian and other activists are doing now for Adnan.

For the past week, Twitter users have organized different hashtags in support of Adnan in their attempt to garner wider attention for his case. Users have successfully been able to have all the hashtags to trend globally for minutes or even an hour. Twitter users have posted using hashtags like #KhaderExists, #Dying2Live, #hungry4justice, #KhaderIsAlive, #Khader61days, #Respect4Khader, #Khader62 and #HungerStrike63days. The use of those hashtags was organized by a few activists who tell other people via private messages to start using the hashtag at a certain time. So, according to Twitter algorithms, the hashtag would be considered a breaking story and would trend globally immediately. Hundreds, if not thousands have joined to tweet under each hashtag causing it to become listed as a globally trending topic on Twitter, which would eventually get people who have never heard of Adnan to hear about him for the first time.

Organizing a trending hashtag for Adnan is just like organizing a large protest on the corner of the busiest and most crowded street in the city. Getting thousands of people to tweet about Adnan isn’t something easy, but Adnan’s non-violent struggle for his dignity has motivated thousands around the globe to do whatever they can to save this man’s life. Twitter users are currently Adnan’s strongest voice to the world.

In a new update to Twitter.com, there is now a section named “Discover” where Twitter users can read about the top 10 most popular stories from around the globe. Each time Adnan’s name trends, a story about him would remain in the “Discover” section’s top 10 stories for over 6 hours after it trends. This guarantees that more and more people will learn about Adnan via the social media tool Twitter, at a time the main stream media fails to report.

“Khader is the spark that we all needed in order to remember our common goal,” said Twitter user @sshusma who was one of organizers for some of the trending hashtags. She continued saying: “Khader is slowly dying before our eyes, we are watching as it happens and it feels grotesque that I sit in my home with the comfort of my computer while all i can do is tweet about it. On one hand i feel like i have to do what i can to help bring attention to him, on the other hand i feel guilty that this is what i do.”

Twitter is at the forefront of the campaign to pressure the Israeli government to act.As another part of the campaign to call on the media outlets to shed light on Adnan’s case, Twitter users started using #CoverKhader and #WaitingForKristof hashtags a few days ago to call on more media outlets to cover Adnan’s hunger strike. The second hashtag was targeted specifically at The New York Times’ correspondent Nicholas Kristof who published a piece in 2010 titled “Waiting for Gandhi”. Nicholas Kristof is known for his personalized stories where he narrates the struggle of individuals who fight for justice and dignity. But, in his article, “Waiting for Gandhi,” Kristof did not mention that many Palestinians were committed to non-violent struggle, such as those who were part of the first intifada. Kristof has not addressed Adnan and his hunger strike yet.

The famous Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands MP died on 5 May 1981, after 66 days on hunger strike in a British prison. Bobby Sands and 9 other hunger strikers’ deaths in British prisons led to the British government being humiliated. This is generally considered the turning point in the Anglo-Irish conflict towards stability and independence. So far, two previous Irish hunger striker veterans, a brother of a dead Irish hunger striker, and Bobby Sands’ spokesman and close friend, have voiced their complete support for Adnan’s case. Their video messages have gone viral on social media sites such as Twitter. Those videos have also been listed for a few times in Twitter’s “Discover” section.

Twitter had a very big role in calling on the world’s conscience to act for Adnan. Adnan’s wife is pregnant and he has two young daughters waiting for him at home. He doesn’t want to die, but Adnan is willing to risk his life in order to fight for dignity, justice, and freedom.

Jalal Abukhater is a Jerusalem-based blogger.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: glens abu on February 21, 2012, 12:05:16 PM
Hearing rumours that he is to be released,anyone know if this is true?
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Harold Disgracey on February 21, 2012, 12:22:33 PM
Nothing confirmed yet. Al Jazeera ran a false report saying he was to be released.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: glens abu on February 21, 2012, 01:06:52 PM
Think it is now confirmed he has ended his hunger strike and will be release on April 16th.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Trout on February 21, 2012, 01:11:17 PM
Hearing rumours that he is to be released,anyone know if this is true?

As if u are bothered, obviously you have to pretend because the Palestinians are a republican hobby horse.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: glens abu on February 21, 2012, 01:15:43 PM
Hearing rumours that he is to be released,anyone know if this is true?

As if u are bothered, obviously you have to pretend because the Palestinians are a republican hobby horse.

Good one ;)
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Harold Disgracey on February 21, 2012, 01:20:51 PM
A deal has been announced that he will be released on 17 April & his administrative detention will not be renewed but there has been no confirmation that he has ended his hunger strike.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on February 21, 2012, 01:35:43 PM
Hearing rumours that he is to be released,anyone know if this is true?

As if u are bothered, obviously you have to pretend because the Palestinians are a republican hobby horse.

Ahh but Trout it seems they are not the only ones
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Nally Stand on February 21, 2012, 02:12:29 PM

Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: glens abu on February 21, 2012, 04:56:14 PM



Nazis and Zionists well matched,only difference was is the scale of their brutality against the weak
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: heganboy on February 21, 2012, 08:31:14 PM
A deal has been announced that he will be released on 17 April & his administrative detention will not be renewed but there has been no confirmation that he has ended his hunger strike.

Reuters confirming
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-palestinian-prisoner-deal-idUSTRE81K0QL20120221
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Evil Genius on February 21, 2012, 11:28:09 PM
Let me preface this post by saying that if KA's detention is illegal (as seems evident) and if he has been mistreated (as has been reported), then there is no defending the Israeli Authorities' role in this matter.

However, this thread caused me to do a bit of Googling about Mr. Adnan.

First, according to the BBC, "He [KA] is widely believed to be a leader of Islamic Jihad"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17112804

Second, if* that claim is correct and if** they're referring to "Palestinan Islamic Jihad", then there may be more to Adnan than some of his supporters would have us believe.

Anyhow, PIJ has been designated as a Terrorist Organisation by the EU, USA, UK, Japan, Australia and Canada (as well as Israel, of course).

PIJ has carried out, and admitted, numerous suicide (or car) bombings of a wide variety of targets, including (civilian) buses, shopping malls, nightclubs and tourist groups.

Particularly egregious tactics include:
1. Brainwashing minors to become Suicide Bombers - http://www.americanintifada.com/2004/3/3-30-3.htm
2. Hijacking a crowded bus to drive it over a cliff - http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19890707&id=bopKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GZQMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1598,1500306
3. Using a vehicle with false "Press" markings on it to attack Israeli soldiers, a tactic roundly condemned by Human Rights Watch and the Palestinian Journalists Union - http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2007/06/12/gaza-armed-palestinian-groups-commit-grave-crimes
4. They have been implicated in the abduction and stoning to death of two 14 year old Israeli boys - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1658443.stm

Following a falling out with the Palestinian Authority, their HQ is said to be in Syria and their chief backer is Iran.

For easy further reading, their Wiki page lists additional claims, some of it with citations, make of it what you will:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Jihad_Movement_in_Palestine




* - I have no idea, myself

** - Tbh, there are so many similarly named Groups that I could be getting confused with some crowd from of 'The Life of Brian'
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Dougal Maguire on February 21, 2012, 11:59:34 PM
Let me preface this post by saying that if KA's detention is illegal (as seems evident) and if he has been mistreated (as has been reported), then there is no defending the Israeli Authorities' role in this matter.

However, this thread caused me to do a bit of Googling about Mr. Adnan.

First, according to the BBC, "He [KA] is widely believed to be a leader of Islamic Jihad"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17112804

Second, if* that claim is correct and if** they're referring to "Palestinan Islamic Jihad", then there may be more to Adnan than some of his supporters would have us believe.

Anyhow, PIJ has been designated as a Terrorist Organisation by the EU, USA, UK, Japan, Australia and Canada (as well as Israel, of course).

PIJ has carried out, and admitted, numerous suicide (or car) bombings of a wide variety of targets, including (civilian) buses, shopping malls, nightclubs and tourist groups.

Particularly egregious tactics include:
1. Brainwashing minors to become Suicide Bombers - http://www.americanintifada.com/2004/3/3-30-3.htm
2. Hijacking a crowded bus to drive it over a cliff - http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19890707&id=bopKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GZQMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1598,1500306
3. Using a vehicle with false "Press" markings on it to attack Israeli soldiers, a tactic roundly condemned by Human Rights Watch and the Palestinian Journalists Union - http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2007/06/12/gaza-armed-palestinian-groups-commit-grave-crimes
4. They have been implicated in the abduction and stoning to death of two 14 year old Israeli boys - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1658443.stm

Following a falling out with the Palestinian Authority, their HQ is said to be in Syria and their chief backer is Iran.

For easy further reading, their Wiki page lists additional claims, some of it with citations, make of it what you will:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Jihad_Movement_in_Palestine




* - I have no idea, myself

** - Tbh, there are so many similarly named Groups that I could be getting confused with some crowd from of 'The Life of Brian'

What are your views on the Railway Cup competition? Do you think it has a future? What might the GAA do to make it more attractive to the supporters?
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Evil Genius on February 22, 2012, 01:19:32 AM
What are your views on the Railway Cup competition?
It's not the same since they closed down the old 'Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties' line.

Do you think it has a future?
Yes.

What might the GAA do to make it more attractive to the supporters?
Make them play in the nudie.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: mayogodhelpus@gmail.com on February 22, 2012, 02:43:51 AM
What are your views on the Railway Cup competition?


Do you think it has a future?
Yes.


Think that one response alone goes to prove that Unionism is stuck in the past and cannot see the passing inevitablity and futility of a defunct tradition   ;D


What might the GAA do to make it more attractive to the supporters?
Make them play in the nudie.

Even James II let his troops wear a sash as they played a game of hurling. Yellow/Gold not Orange mind (close).  ;)
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 22, 2012, 03:54:12 AM
Evil, thanks for a sensible reply, and an acknowledgement of the facts surrounding his case, and the inhumane manner in which he was treated. Once again, Israel has behaved in a way that leaves them morally bankrupt.

Evil, I have seen many many links over the past few weeks where he has been accused of everything. Considering he has spent years in Administrative Detention, studied for a degree, runs a bakery, has a family, I can't see how he would have time to do a fraction of what he has been accused of. To this day, he has never been charged with anything. Could he be guilty of anything, well, at this stage it is only speculaion.......

Nally, very dissapointed from you as this thread has been running for a while, and that was your only contribution to Mayo's only contribution.

Glens, I have met you and do not doubt your support for  the Palestinians. You are a trooper, and not afraid to speak out for them, irrespective of your political views.

In relation to the case, and the Hunger Strike that Khader was on for 66 days, it sure brought the issue of Administrative Detention to a world wide audience, and how draconian it is.   

Khader is only one of over 300 people been held under such circumstances. Another 4,000 prisoners are in Israeli jails, and anyone in jail from Gaza, hasn't had a visit in years due to the siege. 

No Israeli is in a Palestinian jail, despite the fact that thousands of Palestinians have been killed.

Even Shilat was never shackled while been held as a prisoner of war.

As you know, we could go around in circles going over old ground, however I take great hope in the fact that over the past 5 to 10 days, more and more Jewish people with dignity have started to speak out. Added to that, the fact that his plight was the biggest story for 8 days on Twitter, and drew serious support. The longer he went on, the further his story spread, and once again, the harder to defend Israel.

Due to the fact that he could die at any moment over a 15 day period, there was no time to lobby Politicians for help, or sends e mails. 

22 TD's called on Eamon Gilmore to call for his release. Gilmore said nothing, and nothing more was said. But hey, sure they issued a joint statement. Job done. He dies, we make another statement. Job done. Move on. Next major violation, issue another statement. Job done........

Khader Adnan's Hunger Strike is remarkable in how he went 66 days, and there is the irony about the fact Bobby Sands died after 66 days. Practically every single news article in the past 10 days compared his Hunger Strike to that of Bobby Sands.

I had been following his case during the early 40 days, and as he reached 52 days, I approached Tommy McKearney and he agreed to send a message of support. Tommy went 53 days in 1980, and he spoke from the heart.
 
Seeing how powerful Tommy's message was, I then approached Oliver Hughes, and he too sent a message. The McCreesh family also added their voice, and so too did the families of Patsy O'Hara. and Mickey Devine. Their voices were heard far and wide, and I have no doubt that their voices played a small part in Khader ending his Hunger Strike.

Within 2 hours of asking, Michelle Gildernew sent a message, and coming from an MP, it also added to the growing on line of support. I contacted Noam Chomsky and he sent a statement, and Norman Finkelstein joined the support, and so too did Eamon McCann.

The Irish News refused to cover the story for 3 days saying it had no local connection for a story!

Why I explain the above, I do so in the context of how over the past year we have seen how through the power of the internet, the masses of the people rise up. The messages that these people sent out were direct from the heart, knowing what Khader and his family were going through, and were on the internet in a few short hours.

In the case of Khader Adnan, no one relied on any statements from Political leaders, and took to social media networks, and through a set time to tweet each day, drove it straight into the main stream, and Israel got caught like a rabbit in the headlights. Hence the rush to do a deal.

If there is one thing I have learned over the years, is not to trust politicians to take action on Human Rights abuses. They just issue statements, and then pose for photo's with the people responsible for the abuses that they just condemned.

Thankfully Khader has ended his strike. It would have been a tragedy if he had of died, and in ending when he did, he was victorious in many ways. His health may never be the same again, but hey, at least he will get to see his unborn child in 4 months, and his 2 daughters at home.

Every day will be a bonus for him and his family, and in living, his name will never be forgotten for a long long time to come. And quite right it should, as it was the ultimate form of non violent resistance, and for that , I have the utmost respect for Khader Adnan for doing what he done for the sake of humanity.

And there is no doubt in mind that one day soon the Palestinians will get peace with Justice, and as time has proved, the world has woke up to their brutal actions.

Khader Adnan went 66 days on Hunger Strike, and by living, delivered a blow to Israel that was witnessed across the world. And it was done without a word of support from any political leader either here in Ireland, or across the world. Their silence was deafening.






Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: trileacman on February 22, 2012, 04:24:28 AM
The silence will be deafening whilst Israeli Zionists continue to have a "special relationship" with America. Once this is broken and nations can speak out without fear of economic or diplomatic repercussions with America, then and only then can Isreal be brought to bear the result of their actions.

The Palestinian movement and its supporters must understand this is the only way to further their cause.

Embarrassing Israel now is just pissing into the wind.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: boojangles on February 22, 2012, 09:43:10 AM
Well Done Give her Dixie. You should be proud of everything you have done.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: Harold Disgracey on February 22, 2012, 10:10:13 AM
Well done GHD. Played a blinder as usual.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: glens abu on February 22, 2012, 10:33:12 AM
Great result Give her Dixie,well done for all the effort you and people like you put into the campaign,and as the great Bobby Sands wrote.

There’s an inner thing in every man,
Do you know this thing my friend?
It has withstood the blows of a million years,
And will do so to the end.

It was born when time did not exist,
And it grew up out of life,
It cut down evil’s strangling vines,
Like a slashing searing knife.

It lit fires when fires were not,
And burnt the mind of man,
Tempering leadened hearts to steel,
From the time that time began.

It wept by the waters of Babylon,
And when all men were a loss,
It screeched in writhing agony,
And it hung bleeding from the Cross.

It died in Rome by lion and sword,
And in defiant cruel array,
When the deathly word was ‘Spartacus’
Along the Appian Way.

It marched with Wat the Tyler’s poor,
And frightened lord and king,
And it was emblazoned in their deathly stare,
As e’er a living thing.

It smiled in holy innocence,
Before conquistadors of old,
So meek and tame and unaware,
Of the deathly power of gold.

It burst forth through pitiful Paris streets,
And stormed the old Bastille,
And marched upon the serpent’s head,
And crushed it ‘neath its heel.

It died in blood on Buffalo Plains,
And starved by moons of rain,
Its heart was buried in Wounded Knee,
But it will come to rise again.

It screamed aloud by Kerry lakes,
As it was knelt upon the ground,
And it died in great defiance,
As they coldly shot it down.

It is found in every light of hope,
It knows no bounds nor space
It has risen in red and black and white,
It is there in every race.

It lies in the hearts of heroes dead,
It screams in tyrants’ eyes,
It has reached the peak of mountains high,
It comes searing ‘cross the skies.

It lights the dark of this prison cell,
It thunders forth its might,
It is ‘the undauntable thought’, my friend,
That thought that says ‘I’m right!’
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: Nally Stand on February 22, 2012, 10:44:51 AM
Nally, very dissapointed from you as this thread has been running for a while, and that was your only contribution to Mayo's only contribution.

GHD, in the past few weeks I have sent letters and emails to various Israeli authorities in support of Khader. I dont pretend that this was any huge contribution or that it compares in any way to the good work you have done for the Palestinian people but sending such correspondance to the Israeli authorities, while almost futile, is still much more useful to Khader than anything I might write on a gaaboard thread so while I salute you for all your good work, I would politely ask that you refrain from judging me. It's not your place.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan, now on Hunger Strike for 66 days
Post by: thebigfella on February 22, 2012, 11:58:00 AM
Nally, very dissapointed from you as this thread has been running for a while, and that was your only contribution to Mayo's only contribution.

GHD, in the past few weeks I have sent letters and emails to various Israeli authorities in support of Khader. I dont pretend that this was any huge contribution or that it compares in any way to the good work you have done for the Palestinian people but sending such correspondance to the Israeli authorities, while almost futile, is still much more useful to Khader than anything I might write on a gaaboard thread so while I salute you for all your good work, I would politely ask that you refrain from judging me. It's not your place.

Sure you did.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: Nally Stand on February 22, 2012, 12:04:21 PM
The Big Fella doesn't believe me?? Oh no...there goes any chance I had of a good nights sleep tonight  :'(


 ::)
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 22, 2012, 03:44:58 PM
Nally, firstly let me thank you for your efforts and support for Khader, and for taking the time out to write letters, and send e mails. In an age where not many people send letters, it's refreshing to see people still doing it.

However, the campaign that built a serious head of steam for his release, and forced it into a worldwide story was through posting on Discussion forums, just like this one, taking to facebook and  twitter en mass, and the use of you tube to send messages.

Considering the main stream media were not interested until it became the most talked about topic for one hour each night for over a week how else was Khader's plight going to reach the masses? For the 1st time in years, this was a campaign that never involved sending e mails, holding vigils, phoning politicians, or other traditional forms of action. A completly different approach was taken, and the results speak for themselves.

A few weks ago, a google search on Kahder would have returned a few thousand results. Last night, there were close to 7 million results. In that 7 million, there is no mention of any political leader of any party publicly calling for his release, or offering support. Khader's victory was won without a cheep from them. The people spoke, and the world took notice.

However Nally, I said what I said because on a thread about a hunger strike, containing statements from families of hunger strikers here, I found it unusual that you, as a man who contributes widely to discussions on local politics and history, chose to not comment on them, or Khader's plight as he went 66 days, and instead posted a picture containing the Israeli flag, and Union Jacks. I'm sure you can understand where I was coming from. If you felt I was judging you, i'm sorry.


Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 22, 2012, 03:55:25 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/22/khadr-adnan-israel-human-rights

The name of my husband, Khadr Adnan, has now become known across the world. Four months ago he was unknown outside of our homeland, Palestine. His hunger strike of 66 days has transformed him into a global figure and a shining symbol of my people's struggle.

Our life was turned upside down on 17 December 2011 when Israeli troops raided our home in Araba village, south of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. It was about 3am when they broke down the doors and stormed into our house.

The havoc they wreaked will always remain etched on the minds of our two daughters, Ma'ali, aged four, and Baysan, one-and-a-half years old. I would not be surprised if even our unborn baby will also be affected. Such was the trauma that accompanied the Israeli raid.

Khadar has been a student activist for many years. He is no shadowy figure, but an outspoken local leader against the Israeli occupation. He is well known to both the Israeli occupation authorities and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Both have detained him for various periods without charge.

This constant harassment has stood between Khadar and the completion of his master's degree in economics. Yet, we remain a normal couple, yearning for the much-needed stability and freedom to raise our children; to give them the happiness that is the entitlement of every child. With my own university degree, I have no doubt that as parents, we are well equipped to realise our ambitions. But life under Israel's military occupation has turned our dream into a nightmare.

Not for the first time, Khadar has used hunger strike, his powerful form of peaceful protest, to great effect. When the Palestinian Authority forces detained him in 2010 he went on a hunger strike for 12 consecutive days, forcing the Ramallah authority to release him.

Likewise, he staged several hunger strikes in the occupation's detention camps. The last of these was carried out in 2005, which lasted nine days in solitary confinement.

What drives my husband to pursue this dangerous and difficult form of resistance? I have no doubt it is the unjust nature of "administrative detention" and its notorious methods of torture and humiliation. From the moment he was bundled into their military vehicle in December, insults and veiled threats were thrown at him. They even tried to unhinge him psychologically by claiming I was unfaithful, a vicious calumny he dismissed with scorn.

I know my husband well; I love him, and will always remain faithful to him. He knows this and this is why he spurned the cheap talk of his tormentors. Khadar was never motivated by personal hurt or inconvenience. He, like thousands of other young Palestinians, is determined to see an end to the occupation. He is driven by a higher logic: to expose to the world the plight of imprisoned Palestinians. Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have passed through Israeli jails, many of them in so-called administrative detention, an average of one in every four in the occupied territories.

Administrative detention is a nebulous and vindictive measure used by the occupation against our young men and women. It is one of the cruel legacies of the old British mandate in Palestine. Today, in the absence of any deterrent or condemnation from the international community, Israel uses it with increasing frequency against university students and lecturers, young professionals and even elected parliamentarians. 300 are currently held. It is part of an immoral policy used to keep Palestinians in a state of perpetual poverty and under-development.

When a military commander issues an order for administrative detention, no evidence is produced. No charges are brought against the victims, and the occupation has no obligation to give reasons for the detention. This is by no means a legal mechanism. It is simply an arbitrary draconian measure used to inflict psychological and physical harm on its victims. When they are fortunate enough to be brought before a judge, he can detain them for periods of six months that can be extended indefinitely. The prisoners' problem is so prevalent today that Palestinians have had to create a special ministry for prisoners' affairs.

I know my husband is not selfish. This is why I supported him every step of the way. As with any devoted wife, I am duty bound to help him bear the burden of our oppressed people. Our relatives and extended family have supported us with equal fortitude. Indeed, I would not be telling a lie if I say that all Palestinians across the whole political spectrum and millions of freedom-loving people in the world have also stood with us.The occupation has decided under pressure to free my husband in April, but hundreds more will continue to languish in putrid cells under the same illegal, inhuman scheme. Khadar has, however, delivered his message: that this long night of tyranny and inhumanity will come to an end.

We are well aware that the Israelis may try to renege on this week's agreement – as they have done with the recent prisoner exchange deal – by re-arresting the freed prisoners. But for every occasion there will be a response, and I have no doubt my husband would not hesitate to resume his stoic struggle with even more strength and determination.

For me, the most difficult part of this ordeal has been the knowledge that at any time I could receive a phone call announcing that my husband is dead. But this is the price for our freedom. It is the indispensable sacrifice needed so that our children might enjoy a life of freedom and dignity.

To the free world, the millions who heard of Khadar and supported him by calling for his release, I extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: seafoid on February 22, 2012, 07:43:13 PM
Well done to khader ahnan and good man dixie. Israel started losing control of the narrative in 2006 with the lebanon war and now the peace process has been exposed as a sham the pr task is even harder for them. They are their own worst nightmare. Israel could have been run on the values of judaism but it is too late for that now.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on February 25, 2012, 05:50:37 PM
I put together an article on Khader Adnan, his hunger strike, and the connections to the hunger strikes here in
1980/81.

It is a personal perspective and reflection back to that time 31 years ago.

"Khader and Bobby, 66 days seperated by 31 years"

http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-and-bobby-66-days-seperated-by-31-years/

Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: Nally Stand on February 25, 2012, 06:08:59 PM
Just seen your post in reply to me now dixie. It's grand, I got up on the wrong side of the bed the other day. Again, fair play to you on all your work. I read your article from your website earlier today actually. Excellent.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: glens abu on February 27, 2012, 06:21:16 PM
I put together an article on Khader Adnan, his hunger strike, and the connections to the hunger strikes here in
1980/81.

It is a personal perspective and reflection back to that time 31 years ago.

"Khader and Bobby, 66 days seperated by 31 years"

http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-and-bobby-66-days-seperated-by-31-years/

Thats a great article Dixie and once again well done for all the tireless  work you did over the 66 days of Khader's hunger strike.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: Evil Genius on February 27, 2012, 10:21:32 PM
I put together an article on Khader Adnan, his hunger strike, and the connections to the hunger strikes here in
1980/81.

It is a personal perspective and reflection back to that time 31 years ago.

"Khader and Bobby, 66 days seperated by 31 years"

http://gazatvnews.com/2012/02/khader-and-bobby-66-days-seperated-by-31-years/
So we are to believe that Khader Adnan is "The West Bank's Bobby Sands"?

Well I for one sincerely hope not, since right now the last thing the Palestinians need is a ruthless fanatic who is prepared to commit suicide for a "cause" which will ultimately prove totally and utterly futile*.



* - Unless, of course, the purpose is to cause untold suffering and destruction.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on April 17, 2012, 11:50:20 PM
Tonight, at midnight in Palestine, Khader Adnan was released from an Israeli concentration camp and returned to his family to incredible scenes of joy and celebration.

After 66 days on Hunger Strike, he struck a deal to be released today. It isn't often Israel is beat, but Khader beat them with his stomach, and can rightfully claim a victory.

Click on the following link for pictures, video, and news report of his homecoming.

http://www.facebook.com/GazaTVNews

Tonight, I am Khader Adnan.......

Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: glens abu on April 18, 2012, 09:02:55 AM
Great news."It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can suffer the most who will conquer"
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: give her dixie on May 16, 2012, 03:52:14 PM
Late on Monday night, over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners called of their hunger strike after Israel agreed to their basic demands.  They had been on hunger strike from April 17th in what they called, "The battle of the empty stomachs".

The prisoners had embarked on their hunger strike following years of inhumane treatment in the prisons by Israel, and they had basic demands, that were eventually met.

In a written agreement, signed by the prisoners committee and Israeli officials, both parties agreed on the following:

1. There will be an end to the use of long-term isolation of prisoners for “security” reasons, and 19 prisoners will be moved out of isolation within 72 hours.

2. Family visits for first degree relatives to prisoners from the Gaza Strip and for families from the West Bank who have been denied visits based on vague “security reasons” will be reinstated within one month.

3. The Israeli intelligence agency guarantees that there will be a committee formed to facilitate meetings between the Israeli Prison Services and prisoners in order to improve their daily conditions.

4. There will be no new administrative detention orders or renewals of administrative detention orders for the 308 Palestinians currently in administrative detention, unless the secret files, upon which administrative detention is based, contains “very serious” information.

Five other prisoners been held on administrative detention, also agreed to end their hunger strike. They had been refusing food for over 2 months in protest at their detention without charge or trial. Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, were on their 77th day when they called off their protest. Another one of the 5 men was Mahmoud Sarsak, a member of the Palestinian national football team who was kidnapped by Israel as he made his way from Gaza to the West Bank in 2009 to play in a match. For over 3 years he had been held without any charge, or trial.

Earlier this year, 2 other Palestinians had embarked on hunger strike in protest at been held under Administrative Detention. Khader Adnan had gone 66 days before calling off his protest when Israel agreed to release him. He was released on April 17th, the day his Detention order expired. Another, Hana Shalabi, ended her hunger strike after 43 days. She was released and exiled from her family and home in the West Bank to Gaza for 3 years.

Over the course of the past few months as the hunger strike went on, several former Irish hunger strikers from '80/'81, Tommy McKearney, Laurence McKeown, Pat Sheehan, and Ray McCartney sent messages of support to the prisoners and their families, and called on Israel to end it's cruel treatment and release the prisoners been held without charge.

In addition, family members of Francis Hughes, Ray McCreesh, Patsy O'Hara, Thomas McIlwee, and Mickey Devine, who died on hunger strike in 1981, also sent statements of support and solidarity.

Several others, including Eamon McCann, Michelle Gildernew, Danny Morrison and Bik McFarlane added their voices of support.

These messages were a source of inspiration to the prisoners, and upon his release, Khader Adnan singled out these voices from Ireland for special thanks in his appreciation of worldwide support for his release. Hana Shalabi also praised the messages of solidarity, and in a video message, sent her support to Marian Price, and called for her immediate release from her current internment in Hyde Bank Prison.

Once again, Israel has been exposed to the world as a state that ignores basic human rights, justice, and international law. For over 64 years their brutal and inhumane treatment of Palestinians, and illegal occupation of Palestinian lands continues with world leaders turning a blind eye, and in the case of the USA, funding them to the tune of $3 billion per year.

The time has come for them to step up to the plate and say "Enough Is Enough", and do all in their power to bring Israel to book, and stop this for good. They owe this much to the Palestinians, to humanity, human rights, and  justice.
Title: Re: Khader Adnan ends his Hunger Strike after 66 days
Post by: seafoid on May 16, 2012, 05:54:44 PM
I expect Israel to renege on the deal over some "security" bullshit . The history of settler colonialism is written in broken treaties.
The treaty of limerick didn't even last 10 years. the US broke every treaty it signed with the native Americans. Israel is no different.   
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: give her dixie on February 14, 2013, 11:29:21 AM
GENEVA (13 February 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk today called for the immediate release of three Palestinian detainees held without charges by Israel.

Mr. Falk expressed deep concern for the fate of Tarek Qa’adan and Jafar Azzidine, who are on their 78th day of hunger strike, and Samer Al-Issawi, who has been on partial hunger strike for over 200 days.

“Continuing to hold Mr. Qa’adan, Mr Azzidine and Mr. Al-Issawi under these conditions is inhumane. Israel is responsible for any permanent harm,” warned the independent expert designated by the Human Rights Council to monitor and report on Israeli rights violations in Palestine. “If Israeli officials cannot present evidence to support charges against these men, then they must be released immediately.”

“Mr. Qa’adan and Mr. Azzidine are reportedly on the verge of death, with the threat of a fatal heart attack looming,” the expert noted, recalling that both men were arrested on 22 November 2012 and began their hunger strikes on 28 November, after being sentenced to administrative detention for a period of three months. They were transferred to Assaf Harofi Hospital near Tel Aviv on 24 January 2013 after their conditions deteriorated sharply.

This is the second time that Mr. Azzidine and Mr. Qa’adan have undertaken hunger strikes against administrative detention, since they took part in the mass hunger strike of Palestinians from 17 April to 14 May 2012. Mr. Qa’adan had been released after 15 months of detention on 8 July 2012 and Mr. Azzidine had been released on 19 June 2012 after three months of detention, before being re-arrested.

“Israel must end the appalling and unlawful treatment of Palestinian detainees. The international community must react with a sense of urgency and use whatever leverage it possesses to end Israel’s abusive reliance on administrative detention,” urged the Special Rapporteur.

Mr. Falk noted that Israel currently holds at least 178 Palestinians in administrative detention.

http://richardfalk.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/urgent-un-press-statement-release-palestinian-hunger-strikers-now/
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: give her dixie on June 03, 2014, 05:40:18 AM
Health of hunger-striking Palestinian detainees in Israel worsens

Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups appealed to the European Union’s top foreign policy official on Sunday to try to broker a solution to the problem of hunger-striking Palestinians under administrative detention in Israel.

The appeal to Catherine Ashton is part of a broader effort by the organizations and the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs to generate international pressure on Israel over this issue.

According to a statement put out by the organizations, some 125 administrative detainees have been on hunger strike for the last five weeks, and most are in a life-threatening state. Yet so far, Israeli authorities appear to have no intention of conducting real negotiations with the strikers, the statement said.

The strikers include Palestinian parliamentarians, academics and political activists, some of whom have spent years behind bars without a trial, the statement added.

Sources in the Palestinian Prisoners Club expressed great concern on Sunday over the detainees’ deteriorating condition, saying that 78 have already been hospitalized. All are being nourished only on water and vitamins, and some are even refusing the vitamins, making do with only salt or sugar in addition to water, they said.

Aside from the administrative detainees, dozens of Palestinian convicts serving time in Israel have joined the hunger strike as a sign of solidarity.

According to the Israel Prison Service, which gave slightly different figures than the Palestinians, 290 Palestinians are striking altogether, including about 100 administrative detainees. All are under medical supervision, and 70 have been hospitalized, it said.

Lawyers who have met with some of the hunger strikers in recent days said they have no intention of abandoning the strike, even if it kills them.

The strikers are demanding that Israel end the practice of administrative detention, or imprisonment without trial, and either release the detainees or charge them.

Prisoners Club activists told Haaretz that despite the lengthy strike, no real negotiations have yet taken place.

“All that’s happened have been meetings between Prison Service officers and the detainees’ leadership,” said one. “But the officers made it clear they have no mandate to conduct official negotiations.”

The activists noted that both the Prison Service and other Israeli security agencies say they have no authority to abolish the practice of administrative detention even if they wanted to, since that would require legislation, and therefore can’t negotiate over the detainees’ demands.

“The widespread feeling now is that both sides have climbed a tall tree – on one hand the prisoners, who are demanding the abolition of administrative detention, and on the other the state agencies, which are refusing to negotiate with the detainees,” said a source who visits the detainees often.

Nevertheless, he said, efforts have been underway for the last few days to craft a more moderate demand: that administrative detentions not last longer than six months in general, and that there be clear criteria for extending this period.

Attorney Jawad Boulos, the Prisoners Club’s legal advisor, told Haaretz that after a hunger strike lasting five weeks, in which dozens of detainees have already shed a quarter of their weight and are in danger of dying, the time has come for Israel to authorize someone to conduct real negotiations with them.

“We’re in an intolerable situation, in which dozens of prisoners have lost their freedom and some have been in detention for years without being granted a fair trial,” he said. “You have to understand that these prisoners have reached a point from which there is no return, and the Israeli authorities must understand that these are reasonable demands by people who seek the right to a fair trial.”

Sunday night, the Prisoners Club announced that one hunger striker had been released and transferred to the Nablus hospital.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.596697
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: give her dixie on June 11, 2014, 08:38:32 AM
Israeli hospital doctors say they will force-feed shackled Palestinian hunger strikers

Submitted by Maureen Clare Murphy on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 22:14

Doctors at Kaplan Hospital, one of nine Israeli civilian hospitals where approximately 80 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike have been transferred, have “threatened to force-feed the administrative detainees on hunger strike in case of loss of consciousness,” the rights group Addameer reported yesterday. Meanwhile, a bill that would allow doctors to force-feed hunger striking prisoners passed its first vote in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, today.

The hunger strike — the longest in Palestinian history, according to Addameer — was launched on 24 April by 120 Palestinians arbitrarily held by Israel without charge or trial, a widely condemned practice known as administrative detention. According to Reuters, the number of prisoners participating in the hunger strike has risen to approximately three hundred.

Hospitalized prisoners told Addameer’s lawyers that the doctors threatened to “introduce food to the body through the nose into the stomach without taking consent, after shackling [them].”

Prisoners described to Addameer the cruel treatment to which they are being subjected in the hospitals:

The hunger strikers in hospitals are shackled to their bed by hands and legs for 12 hours a day, and bound by one leg for the remaining 12 hours. They are required to seek permission from the guards to use the restroom, and are not allowed to use it at night. Due to their constant shackling, the detainees are forbidden from walking in the rooms, despite the recommendation from the Ministry of Health to do so to keep their blood circulating.

The hunger strikers also testify to the ill-treatment of the medical staff in both the hospitals and the prison clinics. The doctors refuse to fully disclose the contents of the supplements they give to the strikers, making the hunger strikers fearful of taking any supplements that will result in them unintentionally breaking their strike. The absence of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), whose role is to monitor the health of the detainees and provide them with the advice and counseling on the supplements and vitamins given to them, has allowed for this continued negligence of the hunger strikers.

Additionally, they continue to be banned from yard time, suffer from continued transfers to prisons and hospitals, and systematically denied lawyers visits.

The lives of the hunger strikers are in danger, Addameer adds, “as their core muscles are now deteriorating and the body fat has disappeared from their bodies. Some of them were told by the doctors that they can suffer from a heart attack or stroke at any moment. Some are suffering from intestinal bleeding, vomiting blood and fainting in addition to significant loss of weight and decrease in heart rate and decrease in blood sugar.”

Knesset votes to force-feed strikers

Meanwhile, a bill which would enable the force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners with a court order passed its first hurdle in the Knesset today. Today’s vote is the first of four needed before the bill becomes law, Reuters reported. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to expedite the passing of the legislation.

Reuters adds:

Qadoura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, which advocates on behalf of Palestinians in Israeli custody, said the strike would continue and that the proposed law “will not break the will of prisoners.”

He said “forced feeding could kill prisoners,” citing the deaths in 1980 of two Palestinian prisoners whom he said died in an attempt to force-feed them during a hunger strike.

The IMA [Israel Medical Association] says “forced medical treatment, including force-feeding is forbidden,” and that implementing such a measure would violate internationally accepted medical ethics.

However, as was reported on this blog last week, Israeli medical professionals have long colluded in the widespread and routine torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

More than 5,000 Palestinians, including almost 200 children, were in Israeli detention as of 1 May, according to Addameer.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israeli-hospital-doctors-say-they-will-force-feed-shackled-palestinian
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: seafoid on June 11, 2014, 09:01:02 AM

However, as was reported on this blog last week, Israeli medical professionals have long colluded in the widespread and routine torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

Force feeding :
http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/09/yasiin-bey-force-fed-guantanomo-bay-mos-def

in the name of the light unto the nations
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: give her dixie on June 11, 2014, 11:50:35 AM

However, as was reported on this blog last week, Israeli medical professionals have long colluded in the widespread and routine torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

Force feeding :
http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/09/yasiin-bey-force-fed-guantanomo-bay-mos-def

in the name of the light unto the nations

I watched that video a short time back and it was stomach churning.

What those brave men go through on a daily basis in Guantanamo is beyond belief.

As Israel said the other day, "If the US can force feed POW's, then why can't we?"
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: seafoid on June 11, 2014, 03:19:24 PM

However, as was reported on this blog last week, Israeli medical professionals have long colluded in the widespread and routine torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

Force feeding :
http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/09/yasiin-bey-force-fed-guantanomo-bay-mos-def

in the name of the light unto the nations

I watched that video a short time back and it was stomach churning.

What those brave men go through on a daily basis in Guantanamo is beyond belief.

As Israel said the other day, "If the US can force feed POW's, then why can't we?"

Israel is supposed to be the pinnacle of human experience
Title: Re: Palestinian prisoners on Hunger Strike
Post by: give her dixie on June 11, 2014, 04:32:36 PM
Urgent call from administrative detainees on hunger strike:
Our will as we await martyrdom


The following statement was released on June 11 from Palestinian administrative detainees on hunger strike for 48 days inside occupation prisons. It was read in a press conference in Gaza by former Palestinian prisoner Allam al-Kaabi, and will be read on June 12 in Beirut by Anwar Yassin, former Lebanese prisoner in occupation prisons during the occupation of Lebanon.

A message from the Administrative Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Urgent Appeal (Despite the oppression and bars and prison walls…we will struggle until death to defend our homeland)

After leaving the cells that no longer hold our pain, our diseases and our corroded bodies…taken to hospital beds held with chains, and guard dogs…Among the jailers who monitor our pulse ready to announce the news of our death…from the brink of death we draw our call, which may be the last for some of us…perhaps it is time to have a declaration by the victors, of the martyrs of our people, our dignity…our call…our voice…our heartbeats…our will and testament, we, the administrative detainees, our voice for eternity..marching to hold the sun of dignity as an end to the battle of dignity..we raise our voice to reach our people:

First, we call upon you to intensify your support to the prisoners who are not yet martyred; the soldiers who are confronting with their bodies with the fascist enemy deserve a faithful stand that will end the shedding of our blood which will not end until the achievement of our just demands.

Second, despite the pain of hunger, which has destroyed some of the parts of our bodies, but the reast of our bodies remain vital despite the death that awaits us, and in a continuation of sacrificies that will not end with death, we donate our useful organs for all those in need, the strugglers, the poor and the oppressed, and we are waiting to visit the Red Cross to sign off on these donations.

Third, we call upon you to be faithful to our blood and the blood of the martyrs who have fallen before, faithful not by passing words but by revolutionary actions that do not know hesitation or weakness;

Fourth, we adhere to our historical rights, our rights to the soil of Palestine from the river to the sea; our rights are just and historical and the right of return is the historical and necessary bridge to our rights, and these rights cannot be recovered without the language of force as our enemy does not understand any other;

Fifth, do not fail the living prisoners who we are leaving behind. Those who have sacrificed their freedom for the freedom of their people deserve freedom and not death

Our great people, in the homeland and in diaspora, free people of the world and strugglers will hear our cry, despite the darkness of the graves of death, we pledge to the world that our people remain committed and we bid you farewell and victory, smiling…martyrs, until further notice.

Prisoners on hunger strike since 48 days




http://samidoun.ca/2014/06/urgent-call-from-administrative-detainees-on-hunger-strike-our-will-as-we-await-martyrdom/