Ma'an News said Adnan will
stop hunger striking following a deal to release him on April 17, according
to PA Prison Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe.
Adnan didn't confirm it, and so far his lawyer didn't comment. The Palestinian
Prisoners Society (PPS) has no information to report.
On February, Haaretz writer Jack Koury went further, saying:
"Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan announced Tuesday that he will be
ending his 66-day hunger strike after Israel agreed to release him."
Late Tuesday, Qaraqe and PPS head Qaddura Faris will hold a news conference
in Adnan's Jenin area village to discuss details.
On February 21, Reuters headlined, "Palestinian prisoner ending hunger
strike after deal," saying:
Israel's Justice Ministry spokeswoman said:
"There is a deal. (Adnan) will stop his hunger strike. They will not
extend his administrative detention and he will be free on April 17."
As a result, Israel's High Court cancelled its scheduling Tuesday mid-day
hearing, "avoiding a high-profile examination of the issue of detention
without (charge) or trial."
It's high time that issue was addressed and ended. Administrative detention
is only warranted under emergency conditions for the shortest possible
time. Israel abusively uses it.
Hundreds are held lawlessly uncharged for indefinite periods. Due process
and judicial fairness are denied. It's unconscionable that Israel's
Supreme Court hasn't ruled the practice illegal. In fact, it's upheld
it for decades on bogus national security grounds.
The Addameer Prisoner Support group reported Adnan's announced deal
on Twitter, but said:
"For the sake of his family, we will not release any additional information
until we have confirmation from Khader Adnan."
Addameer also said his attorney Samer Sam'an is outside his Safad Hospital
detention location "being denied permission to see" him.
Israeli government spokesman Ofir Gendelman spuriously Twittered:
Adnan "will finish his sentence on April 17, if there's no new evidence.
If he returns to violence & and terror, he will be arrested again."
He added that Israel's High Court didn't order him released.
Adnan, of course, committed no crime and wasn't charged. Suggesting
it highlights Israeli oppression against millions of Palestinians and
For decades, hundreds of thousands were wrongfully imprisoned for praying
to the wrong God and wanting to live free on their own land in their
own country. Israel calls it terrorism.
After ignoring him throughout his ordeal, US major media scoundrels
finally noticed. On February 20, ahead of his now cancelled Israeli
Supreme Court hearing, The New York Times reported it instead of highlighting
the injustice all along with decades of Israeli oppression.
On February 21, the Washington Post said he's "call(ing) off his hunger
strike in deal with Israeli authorities." Scant other information was
America's media support Israel's worst crimes. Adnan's heroic struggle
didn't awaken them. In fact, late in the game sketchy reports hardly
make up for consistent irresponsible journalism.
Adnan symbolizes Israeli ruthlessness. Whether he'll pull through after
66 days without food isn't sure. If not, will major media scoundrels
notice or care.
Many thousands of other lost Palestinian lives never mattered. Neither
did millions imperial America took. Their agenda supports wrong over
right. It shows up daily in print and on air.
Adnan's willing to die for justice. They're indifferent whether he lives
or dies. Others like Adnan put it all on the line for what's right.
Live or die, he's a legend in his own time, a symbol of what's worth
fighting for and why it matters.
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