Judge delays ruling on Khader Adnan, now in his 56th day of hunger strike

Ofer Khader Adnan
Solidarity hunger strike outside Ofer prison. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Active Stills)

Yesterday, an Israeli judge postponed a decision for hunger striker Khader Adnan’s final appeal in the military court system, which was heard in his hospital room. The judge requested more documents as the reason for the delay in either ordering a continuation of Adnan’s administrative detention, or possible release from Israeli custody.

The unusual trial was held in Zeif Hospital and media were not permitted on site. Currently, Adnan is held without charge, based on secret evidence the prosecution has not disclosed to the political prisoner or his legal representation. However, the prosecution previously noted that the current evidence against Adnan as so-called leader in Islamic Jihad is not sufficient to press charges against the hunger striker.

Adnan’s case sits at an impasse. It is unknown when the Israeli judge will make release a decision on the hunger striker’s appeal. In the absence of judicial release, human rights organizations and activist are petitioning for his release, and pressuring news agencies to cover Adnan’s detention.

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Allison Deger is the Assistant Editor of Mondoweiss.net. Follow her on twitter at @allissoncd.
Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, Occupation

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  1. PRESS TV (Iran) – Gazans go on hunger strike in solidarity with Khader Adnan , 02/11/12 [WITH VIDEO, 02:24]

    Dozens of Gazans went on a hunger strike and attended the Friday prayer sermon in front of the office of the International committee of the Red Cross in Gaza.

    The hunger strike is in solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who has been on a hunger strike in an Israeli jail for 55 days.

    Khader Adnan went on a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention, in which prisoners can be detained indefinitely without trial or charge.

    According to Israeli rights’ group B’Tselem in 2011, there was a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian administrative detainees held by Israel, from 219 in January to 307 in December.

    Prisoners advocates have called on the international community to stop Israeli violations of prisoners’ rights and save Khader Adnan from an imminent death.

    Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have warned that they will go on a hunger strike next Sunday unless Khader Adnan is released.

    According to prisoner advocacy groups there are at least 4500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many without being charged or facing trial.

    LINK – link to presstv.com

    P.S. What about RT (Russia Today)? They should cover this.

  2. allison, thanks for your reports about Khader Adnan. it’s hard for me to express myself about this but my silence has not been a reflection of anything but my discomfort and repulsion.

  3. Egbert says:

    Who is the judge? Let me guess – their name is a secret too?