Hunger-Striking Khader Adnan Suffers Significant Health Deterioration

JENIN, June 3, 2015 (WAFA) – The health condition of hunger striking prisoner in Israeli jails Khader Adnan has significantly deteriorated, his family shared with reporters in a press conference on Wednesday.

Randa Adnan, told reporters that her husband, now entering his second month in hunger strike, has partially lost his ability to move and started to significantly lose weight, in addition to suffering hair fall.

She said the Israel Prison Authority handed him a guide list which included wrong information and nutrition tips to hunger strikers, which had negative impacts on his health condition.

Adnan is an Islamic Jihad official in Jenin and a former prisoner and hunger striker. He was re-arrested by the Israeli authorities in July 8, 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.

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, Israel detains Palestinians without a direct charge and holds 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.