Prison jail generic.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Medical Ethics Committee on Tuesday instructed the Israel Prisons Service
(IPS) to give a Palestinian hunger-striker salt and sugar infusions after ruling
that he is in imminent danger of death.
The IPS said Tuesday that Hadar
Adnan, who has been on a hunger strike since his arrest on December 17 in the
West Bank village of Arrabe, met with the ethics committee and a Muslim
clergyman, who told him that they are considering giving him infusions. He then
was given a potassium pill and returned to the Prisons Service medical
The IPS said that Adnan is on a hunger strike because he
asserts he is innocent and that shortly after his strike began he was taken for
medical treatment by the Prisons Service, but refused to be
Monday night’s ruling follows one made by the Medical Ethics
Committee on January 17 that concluded that Adnan did not want to die, and
therefore the Prisons Service could not forcibly give him medical
On Sunday, according to the IPS, Adnan made the decision to
stop drinking water as well, a decision they said made the risk to his life more
On Tuesday afternoon he was taken for treatment at Mayane
Hayeshua Hospital, and on Wednesday he will be brought for a legal hearing on
his arrest, the IPS added.
While Adnan is believed to be a leader of
Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) General
Security Services would not confirm his membership in the organization on
Tuesday, saying that because he is being held on administrative detention, they
prefer not to comment on his case.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel
said Tuesday that Adnan is “fighting for his freedom and against the
administrative detentions used by Israel against a number of Palestinian
political activists, heads of professional organizations, lecturers, authors,
students and journalists.”