Israel authorities to allow forced “treatment” of hunger striker Khader Adnan as High Court to hear case

by Ali Abunimah on Sun, 02/19/2012 – 09:39 Electronic Intifada

Israeli authorities appear to have taken a decision to allow force-feeding of Khader Adnan, who is in his 64th day of hunger strike against his detention without charge or trial by Israel.

He is currently under custody at Sieff Hospital in Safad.

A brief item on the Hebrew edition of Ynet states:

The Medical Ethics Committee allowed the Israel Prison Service to treat Islamic Jihad senior member Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for two months. The decision was made after members of the committee spoke with the detainee and gained the impression that he does not want to die. The meaning of the decision is that IPS doctors can give him transfusions of salts and sugars if necessary.

Unclear if Khader Adnan has changed his position

From the item it is unclear what kind of conversation the Israeli medical ethics committee had with Khader. However, we do know that from the start, Khader Adnan has never wanted to die, and his goal has been freedom and rights, not death.

On 17 February, The Independent reported that Randa Adnan, Khader’s wife,

recalled that her husband told one of his lawyers: “I do not want to go to oblivion or death. But I am a man who defends his freedom. If I die it will be my fate.”

It is therefore unclear whether there is any change in his position, and if Israel is simply using this reasoning to allow force-feeding as international pressure over the case grows.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Carter Center have all called on Israel to release or charge Adnan. Yesterday, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton issued a statement expressing “grave concern” for Adnan and calling on Israel not to allow his condition to deteriorate.

Israel High Court to hear detention case

Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer announced via Twitter that the Israeli Hight Court in Jerusalem is to hear Khader Adnan’s case against his “administrative detention” – without charge or trial – next Thursday, 23 February at 11.30 am.

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Israel authorities to allow forced “treatment” of hunger striker Khader Adnan as High Court to hear case

Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Sun, 02/19/2012 – 09:39

Israeli authorities appear to have taken a decision to allow force-feeding of Khader Adnan, who is in his 64th day of hunger strike against his detention without charge or trial by Israel.

He is currently under custody at Sieff Hospital in Safad.

A brief item on the Hebrew edition of Ynet states:

The Medical Ethics Committee allowed the Israel Prison Service to treat Islamic Jihad senior member Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for two months. The decision was made after members of the committee spoke with the detainee and gained the impression that he does not want to die. The meaning of the decision is that IPS doctors can give him transfusions of salts and sugars if necessary.

Unclear if Khader Adnan has changed his position

From the item it is unclear what kind of conversation the Israeli medical ethics committee had with Khader. However, we do know that from the start, Khader Adnan has never wanted to die, and his goal has been freedom and rights, not death.

On 17 February, The Independent reported that Randa Adnan, Khader’s wife,

recalled that her husband told one of his lawyers: “I do not want to go to oblivion or death. But I am a man who defends his freedom. If I die it will be my fate.”

It is therefore unclear whether there is any change in his position, and if Israel is simply using this reasoning to allow force-feeding as international pressure over the case grows.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Carter Center have all called on Israel to release or charge Adnan. Yesterday, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton issued a statement expressing “grave concern” for Adnan and calling on Israel not to allow his condition to deteriorate.

Israel High Court to hear detention case

Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer announced via Twitter that the Israeli Hight Court in Jerusalem is to hear Khader Adnan’s case against his “administrative detention” – without charge or trial – next Thursday, 23 February at 11.30 am.

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Addameer –الضمير المحكمة العليا الاسرائيلية في القدس ستنظر يوم الخميس القادم الموافق 23-2-2012 الساعة 11:30 في امر الاعتقال… http://t.co/Fvs6FlGu
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