Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

Palestinian Detainee Khader Adnan Remains on Hunger Strike For 81st Day

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The Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan entered Tuesday, 26 April 2023, his 81st day of open hunger strike in Israeli jails in protest against his illegal administrative detention.

The health of Palestinian hunger striker Adnan, 44, deteriorated seriously as he continues his protest for the 81st day in a row against his administrative detention in an Israeli prison, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club stated.

Adnan hailed from the Palestinian village of Arraba near Jenin. He launched his hunger strike immediately after he was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 5 February.

The father of nine — his youngest is just 18 months old — has been detained by the Israeli occupation authorities twelve times and has spent eight years in Israeli jails, mostly in administrative detention.

The Israeli occupation has escalated its administrative detention policy against Palestinians as the number of administrative detainees currently exceeded 760, including minors, women, and the elderly, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Commission. 

The Commission added that 80 percent of the administrative detainees are former prisoners who spent years in the prisons most were administrative detentions.

Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention is a pre-emptive measure that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for lengthy periods of time based on disclosed allegations that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Palestinian detainees have constantly resorted to hunger strikes as a method to oppose their administrative detention, demanding an end to this illegal policy that violates international law and Human rights accords.