NOTE AND UPDATE – 29 June: Khader Adnan has reached an agreement to end his hunger strike and secure his release on 12 July 2015. Congratulations to Khader Adnan and the Palestinian people on this victory!
Palestinian political prisoner and long-term hunger striker Khader Adnan is facing severe threats to his health and life on his 54th day of hunger strike, reported Palestinian lawyers. Adnan, 37, is being held in Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial and launched his hunger strike on May 5 to protest the third renewal of this detention. Click here to take action and demand the release of Khader Adnan.
Adnan previously engaged in a 67-day hunger strike in 2012, winning his release from a previous administrative detention in a campaign that garnered widespread support and action from the Palestinian masses as well as broad international solidarity.
Palestinian lawyer Jawad Boulos said on Sunday, 28 June that Adnan is facing a critical health situation and “is on the verge of death.” The Mohja Jerusalem Association reported on Saturday that he was vomiting blood. Ha’aretz reported that Adnan is being held in Assaf Harofeh hospital, chained hand and foot to the bed with three guards in the room around the clock as his hunger strike continues. He has spent over 6 years in administrative detention without charge or trial.
“(Israel) is seeking to end Adnan’s hunger strike in a way that avoids them a feeling of crushing defeat,” Boulos said, at a press conference in Ramallah, on Saturday.
“On the other hand,” he added, “what Adnan seeks is very clear: either to be released or tried. Khader is a gift for humanity since he is willing to sacrifice his life, and all he asks Israel for is to treat him as a human.”
Growing protests across Palestine and around the world have demanded Adnan’s release, including a mass rally at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, 26 June. A day of demonstrations is planned for 29 June.
1. Send a letter/petition immediately to Israeli officials demanding the release of Khader Adnan. Make sure the international voice is heard demanding his freedom!
2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy for Khader Adnan and all Palestinian prisoners. Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this case in your next event about Palestine and social justice.
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