Israel military rejects Khader Adnan appeal as hunger striker’s wife urges intervention to spare his life

“My husband is dying inside an Israeli jail. The world should make sure I am able to see him… And it should pressure the Israeli government to release him before it’s too late.”

Those are the words of Randa Adnan, the wife of Khader Adnan who is entering his 59th day on hunger strike, in a passionate and urgent appeal published the day an Israeli military court rejected his appeal against a 4-month “administrative detention” order.

Palestinian prisoner’s rights group Addameer reported today that:

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.

The group warned that:

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.

Full text of Addameer’s statement

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.

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Khader is a force that epitomizes those brave enough to stand up to iniquity by drawing a line in the sand across his very being and health against tyranny.Funny,isn't this what Israel was supposed to be founded on? The few striving for individual freedom and the unalienable right to self-determination vs those who deem to impose tyranny,fascism against the very laws principles and values they expound with such eloquence but can seem to master the art of application,especially on those they wish to steal from.

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Some of God's chosen, like the judge and those who stand with him, take their "chosenness" much to seriously, crippling their human sensibilities toward all but their own kind, which allows them to regard the likes of Khader Adnan as a lower form of life.

Ali Abunimah

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Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.