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Khader Adnan launches hunger strike against administrative detention

Jan. 8, 2015 5:07 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 11, 2015 1:49 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails who staged one of the longest hunger strikes in history in 2012, has launched a new week-long hunger strike to protest his renewed detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities.

Adnan's family told Ma'an that his cellmates in Israel's Hadarim prison sent them a letter on Wednesday saying that he was launching a week-long strike in protest against the renewal of his administrative detention with no change of charge of trial.

The letter said that Israeli prison authorities had moved Adnan to solitary confinement as a result, and denied him the right to meet with his lawyer.

Adnan was arrested near Jenin in July during an Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank, one of many former prisoners re-arrested for unclear reasons.

In November an Israeli military court ruled to release Adnan after five months without trial or charge, but that ruling was never implemented and Adnan remains in jail without any explanation as to why he has been arrested.

In 2012, he took part in a 66-day hunger strike against his detention without trial or charge. The agreement that released him on April 18 of that year also ended a hunger strike of 2,000 Palestinian prisoners, who had called for an end to administrative detention.

Despite Israel's agreement to the demand at the time, at the beginning of 2015 estimates of those still being held under administrative detention are around 500 people, out of a total of 5,500 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.

Palestinians held in administrative detention are often held without charge or trial for months and without access to the evidence leading to their detention, even though international law stipulates this tactic only be used in exceptional circumstances.

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