Hunger-Striker Detainee Refuses Nourishment in Protest of Prison Service’s Punitive Measures

RAMALLAH, May 16, 2015 (WAFA) – As his hunger strike entered 11th consecutive days, Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, detained in Israeli jail, is refusing to take nourishment and salt, relying on water only, in protest of his detention without charge or trial.

Adnan began a hunger strike 11 days ago to protest his illegal detention by Israel without charge or trial. As a punitive measure, the prison administration has carried out several punitive measures against  him since the first day of the strike.

Adnan was tried at a military court and several sanctions were imposed on him; including placing him in solitary confinement, preventing him from going out on the daily break. Adnan has not been allowed  pens, papers, or books.

To protest these Israeli punitive measures against him, Adnan has been refusing to undertake any medical tests and to take any nourishment, salt, or sugar, relying on drinking water only, in addition to continuing to boycott Israeli military courts.

Adnan is a senior Islamic Jihad official and a former prisoner and hunger striker. He was re-arrested by the Israeli authorities on July 8th of 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 mass hunger strikes.  He is the first who started the battle of “empty stomachs” against administrative detention in December 2011.

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.

Adnan is married and a father of six children, including a triplets under the age of two.