Palestinians holding poster of Khader Adnan 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
The European Union and the United Nations on Friday expressed concern for the deteriorating
health of Palestinian hunger striker, Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan,
who has refused to eat for 63 days in protest of his administrative
detention. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, in a written
statement, called on Israel to do all it could to preserve the health of
The statement added a reiteration by Ashton of "the EU's
longstanding concern about the extensive use by Israel of administrative
detention without formal charge. Detainees have the right to be
informed of charges underlying any detention and to a fair trial, she
UN Special Rapporteur to the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk said
Friday that "if Adnan is to die, a third intifada is to rise." In an
interview with Egyptian daily Al-Ahram
Falk decried the conditions in which Israel is holding the Palestinian
prisoner, saying that if he died as a result of the strike he would be
considered a martyr.
Falk also claimed that the international community was being
hypocritical, comparing the "fuss" made over the case of Israeli soldier
Gilad Schalit, who was held by by Hamas for over five years, to the
relative silence surrounding
Falk called for international intervention, specifically by Egypt, to ensure that Adnan stays alive.
Also Friday, several thousand Palestinians rallied in Gaza and the West Bank in support of Adnan.
are all Khader Adnan," chanted crowds gathered in the Gaza Strip, with
activists from the main political parties joining forces in a rare
display of Palestinian unity.
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which advocates the destruction of the State of Israel, has said it will
escalate violence if Adnan dies, following reports that his health was
Human Rights in Israel (PHR), which has been monitoring Adnan's
condition in an Israeli hospital, said on Friday he was "in immediate danger of death," adding that he had suffered "significant muscular atrophy."
IDF has said in a statement that Adnan was arrested "for activities
that threaten regional security." It has not given further details.Reuters contributed to this report.
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