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Israeli forces arrest Khader Adnan in East Jerusalem day after release

July 13, 2015 9:37 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2015 3:16 P.M.)
Adnan was greeted on Sunday to a hero's welcome in his home village of Arraba near Jenin. (MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday evening rearrested veteran Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan as he was heading into Jerusalem's Old City to take part in Laylat al-Qader prayers, a day after he was freed from Israeli custody.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli soldiers detained Adnan, 37, at Herod's Gate at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City after it was found he did not have the necessary permits.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that Adnan "entered Jerusalem illegally, and he has been taken in for questioning," without providing further details.

He was reportedly taken to the Qishla police station inside the Old City.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that the Palestinian liaison office was making efforts to secure Adnan's release and have him returned to his village in Jenin.

Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe meanwhile said that Adnan had opened a new hunger strike demanding his release, although this was not confirmed.

Laylat al-Qader, meaning the Night of Destiny, takes place toward the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and according to Muslim belief marks the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

Thousands of Palestinians were expected to visit Al-Aqsa mosque compound to mark the occasion, although Israel laid down stringent access restrictions ahead of it.

All Palestinian men between the ages of 12 and 30 were denied entry into occupied East Jerusalem, while men between the ages of 30 and 50 required Israeli permits.

Women between 16 and 30 also required permits to enter the city.

The Israeli authorities agreed to release Adnan in the early hours of Sunday after they struck a deal to end a 55-day hunger strike he began in June to protest the Israeli practice of administrative detention.

His release came after 11 months in Israeli custody.

He was greeted on Sunday to a hero's welcome in his home village of Arraba near Jenin that included fireworks, songs and flags for Islamic Jihad, the movement to which Israel says he belongs.

Adnan was detained in July last year and sentenced to administrative detention for the 10th time in his life.

His hunger strike, which brought him near death by the time it concluded last month, had sparked warnings from the Palestinian government that it held Israel responsible for his fate.

He had previously gone on hunger strike for 66 days in 2012 to protest the practice. He was released at the end of the strike, during which he had ingested vitamins and salt.

This time, he refused to swallow anything except water.

Despite sharply deteriorating health, he said he would continue the hunger strike until the Israeli authorities agreed either to release him or bring charges against him.

A deal was finally struck on June 29 after Adnan withdrew his demand that Israel agree to never place him under administrative detention again.

An Israeli official said Adnan's deteriorating health and appeals from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Authority had also contributed to the decision to release him.
Joe Fattal / USA
I believe they probably send him home for one night to have a meal and they put him back in the slammer. And that's all there is to it. Beside they didn't want to release him anyhow.
13/07/2015 22:19
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Back on Strike. The last "agreement" was a lie.
13/07/2015 22:41
Tibi / Tubas
KHADER is a resident Jenin, in the Palestinian Authority, and
Jerusalem is part of another state, the Jewish State of Israel, so he
NEEDS A PERMIT To Enter, Like Every Other Alien, and
it doesn't help that he is a leader of Islamic Jihad, which is committed to Israel's destruction !!
13/07/2015 23:33
Outlier / USA
I wondered what he had learned from his experience in a previous comment. Apparently not much.
14/07/2015 01:53
Majeed / Usa
He needs a permit? He's an alien? How about you get out of the illegal country the zionists created in 1948? And before you say chosen ppl or god granted you the lands how me where God was in 48
14/07/2015 02:09
Zorro / Pt
is a part of another state? There are two states now? Good i did not know...
14/07/2015 03:30
spb / usa
he did not like the food at home and decided to give himself the usual upgrade and go back to his cell.
14/07/2015 11:16
Louise / Ireland
Typical Israel bullying and oppression. It's really so sad, I cry everyday for the poor Palestinians , please god help them from the evil occupier Israel
14/07/2015 16:19
Tex / Texas
Go back on strike. More food for the rest of us.
15/07/2015 02:18
spb / usa
he got 'home' sick
15/07/2015 23:52
Phil / USA
@ Louise, yes there is oppression, and it's bad. But in this particular case, come on. He didn't have the permit to enter Jerusalem, and he did anyway, so he was arrested. No, he doesn't live in Jerusalem, he lives near Jenin, in the northern West Bank. Did you read the details of the article?
16/07/2015 13:12
TRG-42 / Finland
As a Palestinian he should be able to freely travel to the different parts of Palestine.
18/07/2015 16:50
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