Bobby Sands died on 5 May 1981, aged 27, after 66 days on hunger strike against British refusal to grant political status to him and other Irish republican prisoners. Today, as Khader Adnan is on his 65th day of hunger strike, the Secretary of the Bobby Sands Trust, Danny Morrison, called on the Israeli government to immediately release Adnan, who is close to death.
Rights and Accountability
American actress and comedian Roseanne Barr and former Obama administration State Department official Anne-Marie Slaugher are among the latest people to join criticism of Israel’s use of administrative detentions of Palestinians highlighted by the 65 day hunger strike of Khader Adnan as global attention, solidarity grow.
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in solidarity with Khader Adnan are facing harsh punishment by Israeli prison authorities who fear unrest could spread, if Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 64 days, deteriorates further or dies.
Israeli officials are not force-feeding, or forcing treatment on Khader Adnan, who is in his 64th day of hunger strike against his detention without charge or trial by Israel, despite an earlier report to that effect on Israel’s Ynet website.
Amnesty International has launched another appeal calling on the Israeli Minister of Defense to release or charge Khader Adnan, end the use of administrative detention and ensure humane treatment of all detainees.
As Khader Adnan begins the 62nd day of his hunger strike, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton might finally say something about his suffering.
Three disabled Palestinians send a message to the whole world in general and Gandhi’s grandchildren in India in particular, calling them to make the issue of Khader Adnan and child and disabled detainees in Israel’s merciless prisons the top of their priorities.
Catherine Ashton, the Union’s foreign policy chief, hasn’t said one word about the plight of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan.
Francis Hughes died on 12 May 1981 in Belfast’s Maze Prison after 59 days on hunger strike. Oliver Hughes, his brother, sent this video message of solidarity with Khader Adnan, the Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike in Israeli prison for 60 days.
Khader Adnan is in good spirits and his morale is as high as the sky, said his father today, despite 60 days of hunger strike that puts him at risk of imminent death.