Administrative Detainee Announces One-Week Hunger Strike

JENIN, January 8, 2015 (WAFA) – Former hunger striker and prisoner Khader Adnan has launched a one-week hunger strike over Israel’s extension of his administrative detention, without charges or trial, according to the prisoner’s family.


Shortly after he announced a hunger strike, Adnan was denied advocacy by the Israel Prison Service in reprisal, his family told reporters.


Adnan, an Islamic Jihad official and a former prisoner, was re-arrested by the Israeli authorities in 8 July 2014 two years after he was released from Israeli prisons following a 66-day hunger strike against administrative detention, where no formal charges were laid against him.


Adnan is said to be a pioneer of the lone-wolf hunger strike movement in Israeli jails, where prisoners protest their administrative detention by launching an individual, rather than a mass hunger strikes.


Though he has been detained several times since 1999 on the basis of alleged activities related to Islamic Jihad, Israel has never charged him with involvement in attacks on Israelis.


Under administrative detention rules, Israel detains Palestinians without a direct charge and hold them in jail for indefinite renewable periods.


Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.