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(photo credit: Reuters)
Two border policemen and 20 Palestinians protesters were lightly injured during
clashes on Wednesday afternoon, near Ofer Prison just outside
Some 150 protesters rallied there to call on the defense
minister to release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, 33.
The father of
two from Arrabe, near Jenin, has been on a hunger strike for 61 days to protest
his administrative detention. He was in the prison until he was transferred to
the Galilee Medical Faculty in Safed.
The IDF arrested him in his home on
December 17, but has not charged him with anything.
There have been media
reports that Adnan belonged to the Islamic Jihad, but the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Service) and the IDF have not confirmed that.
detention order is for four months, Adnan fears it will be extended
indefinitely, said Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who is a spokesman for the
Palestinian grassroots organization the Popular Struggle Coordination
As his medical situation becomes critical, activist support on
his behalf has increased.
Wednesday’s protest was the third such rally
this week outside Ofer Prison.
The border policemen shot tear gas and
rubber bullets at the protesters, according to Pollak.
An IDF spokesman
said the officers responded with tear gas and riot dispersal means after
protesters threw stones at them.
A small protest by Israeli activists was
also held outside the hospital in Safed.
On Friday, a demonstration will
be held in solidarity with Adnan in the West Bank village of Bil’in, near
Pollak said it was possible an additional protest would be
held on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the High Court of Justice agreed to hear
a petition for release submitted by Adnan’s attorney, but it has yet to set a
date for the hearing.
The appeal relied in part on medical information
provided by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.
The organization said
that one of its doctors had examined Adnan five times this week.
doctor has determined that he is in “immediate danger of death,” the
organization said in a release it sent to the media.
When queried, it
would not release the name of the physician.
Adnan is receiving an
infusion of liquids, salts, glucose and vitamins, the doctor said in the press
He has lost 30 kilograms, the doctor said. His condition is weak
and he is permanently connected to a heart monitor.
After 50 days of
fasting, the muscles can decompose. As a result the heart can fail and the
immune system can collapse, the doctor said.
It is not possible to
survive a hunger strike of longer than 70 days, the doctor added.