Palestinians holding poster of Khader Adnan 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
The Arab American University in Jenin on Wednesday prevented Khader Adnan, the
Islamic Jihad activist who was released from Israeli prison last month after
going on hunger strike for 66 days, from entering the campus to attend a rally
in support of Palestinian inmates.
Adnan had been invited by a student
group that is affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to participate in the
rally and to speak about his experience in Israeli prison.
administration said it banned Adnan from the campus because he had failed to
coordinate his visit with the school.
However, Adnan’s supporters
dismissed the excuse and pointed out that the university was aware of the
planned visit because it had been widely advertised on campus.
protest, scores of students staged a sit-in strike outside the offices of the
The Arab American University in Jenin was
established in 2000 as the first private university in the West
Since his release, Adnan has been very active in promoting the case
of Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
Adnan’s hunger strike has served as
an inspiration for other prisoners. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are on
hunger strike to demand an end to administrative detentions and punitive
measures imposed by the Israeli government following the abduction of IDF
soldier Gilad Schalit.
Also on Wednesday, Palestinians blocked the
entrance to the offices of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in
Ramallah, to demand international intervention in favor of the striking
prisoners. The protesters called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit
the families of the prisoners to listen to their demands.