Khader Adnan ends strike and will be released in April, under reported deal

Adnan general strikePalestinians in the West Bank demonstrating in today’s general strike. (Photo: Alaa Badarneh/EPA)

Israeli officials today offered hunger striker Khader Adnan a deal for his release. Adnan was in his 66th day of protest against an administrative detention order. An Israeli authority confirmed to Reuters:

‘There is a deal. [Khader Adnan] will stop his hunger strike. They will not extend his administrative detention and he will be free on April 17.’

Physicians for Human Rights announced the hunger strike ended today, but it was  unclear if Adnan had accepted the terms. Shawan Jabarin, Director-General of Al Haq, also said he has received reports from doctors treating Adnan and confirmed at 7 pm Jerusalem time that Adnan ended the hunger strike. Though Jabarin said that no statement was made on the Israeli offer.

Shackled to a bed in an Israeli hospital by both legs and one arm, Adnan is still at grave risk. The proposed deal guarantees Adnan’s release on April 17, and  The Alternative Information Center explains:

Khader previously stated to Addameer lawyers that though he was calling for his immediate and unconditional release, the minimum requirements he would consider for ending his hunger strike would be the guarantee that he would not receive a new administrative detention order and that his duration of detention would be considered from the date of his arrest on 17 December 2011 and not from the date that he received his administrative detention order on 8 January 2012. The provisions of the deal reached today as announced by the lawyer involved do meet these minimum requirements. However, if new ‘secret material,’ upon which administrative detention is based, presents itself during the next two months, there would still be grounds for the renewal of his administrative detention order. This caveat is consistent with similar deals made in the past, in which Israeli officials leave the door open for re-arrests. [Emphasis Added]

A spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu also commented on the deal with Adnan, indicating that Israeli authorities would reserve the possibility of extending the administrative detention. Ofir Gendelman said on Monday “if there’s no new evidence against him, he will be released from custody on April 17,” adding that Adnan is also a “dangerous terrorist.”

Adnan has lost one-third of his body weight. A baker, graduate student and father of two, he is still at risk of cardiac arrest and the shutting down of his vascular system. Doctors from Physicians for Human Rights who have monitored Adnan said that despite his medical condition, the political prisoner remains lucid.

Despite the fragility of the prisoner’s health and uncertainty if Adnan’s detention will be extended on new evidence,  Adnan’s wife Randa is calling the Israeli deal a “victory.” Additionally, demonstrations and a general strike in the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the administrative detension order took place today, as planned, after the announcement.

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  1. Dan Crowther says:

    Im happy to read that after the “deal” was reached they still protested/struck

    Best to Adnan and his family

    – FREE PALESTINE!!

  2. piotr says:

    It was really helpful that Ofir Gendelman called Adnan a “dangerous terrorist”.

    Because terrorism and anti-terrorism are such hot issue, one has to compile a data base of the uses of the word, and sub-categories.

    For example: “We are the people of Israel,” shouted the director and spokesperson for Im Tirzu during a televised interview. “And the people of Israel are tired of letting terrorists perform on Tzavta’s stage.” This is about Mohammad Bakri who attacked the Jewish State by producing movie “Jenin, Jenin”.

    As you see, Ronen Shoval was confusing the roles of a director and performer, so perhaps he could also confuse “terrorist” with something else. Or there is a problem with translation. Perhaps Hebrew word used by Shoval may mean “terrorist” but the precise meaning is “a person detested by the people of Israel”, a category that includes some terrorists (but not all, see link to timesofisrael.com

  3. tod says:

    And behold, the mainstream media quickly reports on this kind act by Israel! Without any mention of the fact that he was not, in fact, accused of anything.
    Day by day I get closer to thinking the conspiracy nuts where right all along. Either that or this world gets more disgusting each day.

  4. An unbelievable victory — no thanks to the truly dead BDS “movement”, which is demanding no boycotts at all, on any campus in the world.

    Imagine if there were actual BDS resolutions hotly debated at university student governments all over North America. Then all of Palestine would be free, not just one incredibly brave and foolhardy man.

    I hold the dead-and-dying BDS movement responsible for Khader Adnan’s terrible suffering for the past 66 days of his hunger strike. Any real BDS movement would have loudly thrown itself all over the media demanding freedom for the 9 million Palestinians who are effectively in an Israeli jail.

    Wonderful news for Palestine, and a well-deserved slap in the face for the armchair BDS crowd, who fear to even pronounce the words “Boycott Israel” in any public forum.

    • ToivoS says:

      Mr Boycott, you are more and more being perceived as an elaborate concern troll or a false flag as someone suggested. I think your gig is up — time to create a new handle and move on to some other site.

      • we are of the same mind toivo

        • Scott says:

          I think I tried to post this earlier, but can’t find it. BIoC reminds me so much of Progressive Labor types in the 60′s, who were ultra-left and single-minded (about the “worker-student alliance”) and kind of robotic. SDS would probably have destroyed itself anyway, but PL sure played a role. I was a bit young to really participate then, but followed what was going on.

        • ToivoS says:

          Scott, I think you are referring to a group called the SDS Labor Committee, this was one of the first manifestations of Lyndon La Ruche on the scene of his extreme politics. I remember them well when they entered public meetings of coalitions of left wing groups discussing antiwar issues and broke them up with some shocking violence.

          The Progressive Labor types, misguided as they may have been, were not destructive in that way and were easy to work with in ad hoc committees that were formed to organize one demonstration or another.

          Just a little clarification for I remember those days well.

      • Pixel says:

        I’m afraid I agree.

  5. Shmuel says:

    Ofir Gendelman said on Monday “if there’s no new evidence against him, he will be released from custody on April 17,” adding that Adnan is also a “dangerous terrorist.”

    You see, that’s the thing abut preventive detention. If incarceration is punitive, the judge (with or without discretion) says that crime X gets you Y amount of jail time. Once you’ve finished that, you’re done, unless you commit another offence. Preventive detention, on the other hand, is about what you might do. So how do you gauge the time? Unless the idea is to prevent you from participating in a unique event (generally not the case in the OPT), what you might do now you might just as easily do in 4 or 6 months’ time. If Adnan is currently “a dangerous terrorist”, what will happen on April 17th that will make him stop being “a dangerous terrorist” (the supposed reason for his detention)? And if there is no reason to arrest him on April 18th, why was he arrested on December 17th or detained on January 8th?

    I know. It’s a secret.

    • Shmuel, all Israel’s “landmark decisions” come with caveats that render them irrelevant. Torture bans that don’t ban torture, generous offers without maps or dates, settlement freezes with loopholes, etc. See here for my analysis.

      In this case, however, with Adnan having become a sort of MSM celebrity, Israel would have a hard time justifying his detention beyond April 17.

    • ritzl says:

      If he’s that dangerous, you have to wonder why this arrest and release cycle has been going on for the last decade+.

      You also have to wonder what magically changes on April 17, that isn’t already the case, say, today.

      Let the guy go already. Surely the Israeli process could fabricate some “new” secret evidence to give a excuse for compassion, not just guilt.

  6. Les says:

    Not to be missed piece by Alison Weir in today’s Counterpunch

    February 21, 2012

    Judi Rudoren, Another Member of the Family
    Meet the New York Times’ New Israel-Palestine News Chief
    by ALISON WEIR

    link to counterpunch.org

      • American says:

        Yes thanks for link Les.

        As I theorized, the NYT Israel problem is it’s ownership and decisions makers.
        They always appoint Jews and if the Jews they appoint get too fair or objective or critical of Israel it never passes an editors censorship or the reporters gets removed.

        • Scott says:

          I’m for seeing how she does in her job. The Times can send who it wants to cover I-P, probably more than half of their good reporters are Jewish, if someone doesn’t like that, build a better newspaper. It ain’t 1996 anymore–the number of Jews who engaged in a constructive, humanistic, pro-Palestinian rights way has probably expanded 10 fold; this site is one great example among many. She might be good. If not, then slam her.

    • American says:

      This also revealing excerpt from Alison’s article:

      “In her article Halsell quotes a revealing statement by an Israeli journalist following Israel’s 1996 shelling of a U.N. base in Lebanon that killed more than 100 civilians sheltering in it: “We believe with absolute certitude that right now, with the White House in our hands, the Senate in our hands and The New York Times in our hands, the lives of others do not count the same way as our own.”

      Since 1984 New York Times bureau chiefs have lived in a house that was acquired for the Times by then Jerusalem Bureau Chief Thomas Friedman (now the Times’ lead foreign policy columnist). The building originally belonged to a Palestinian family forced out in Israel’s 1947-49 founding war. Israel afterward prevented the family from returning and reclaiming their home. Therefore, Times’ bureau chiefs are in the strange position of living in a home that was stolen from Palestinians (acquiring property by violent conquest is illegal in today’s world).

  7. American says:

    Is he now getting intravenous feeding? Which he will have to start off with. Are any NGO doctors allowed to treat him?

  8. casaananda says:

    Go to Amazon in three days and download “The Girl from Ha Giang”. A novel set in Vietnam that touches strongly on I/P. And Mossad.

  9. yourstruly says:

    khader adnan

    freedom fighter, baker, graduate student, husband and father of two

    he fasted sixty-six days
    for his people

    he lost a third of his weight
    for his people

    he risked vital organ collapse
    for his people

    he won his release from prison
    for his people

    that palestine be free
    that palestine be free
    that palestine be free