Palestinians holding poster of Khader Adnan 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
The High Court of Justice will on Thursday hear a petition filed by a
Palestinian entering the 64th day of a hunger strike, the court announced on
Khader Adnan will be on the 68th day of his hunger strike by the
time the court hears his petition. As with all High Court hearings, there is no
guarantee that the justices will make a decision on the same day.
week, Adnan filed a petition to the High Court after the Ofer Military Court of
Appeals rejected his appeal to release him from administrative
Last Thursday, Justice Uzi Vogelman ruled that the petition
could go ahead and would be heard before a panel of three
Vogelman ordered the respondents in the petition – the military
court of appeals, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF military
commander in the West Bank – to file their response within 24 hours of
He also requested that Adnan, who is currently
chained to a hospital bed in Safed’s Galilee Medical Center, should be brought
to the hearing if his medical situation permits it.
Meanwhile, as Adnan’s
attorney Jawad Boulus visited him in the hospital on Sunday, Physicians for
Human Rights and Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer slammed the High
Court’s decision to hold the hearing on Thursday – which they say could be too
late for Adnan – calling on the court to reschedule it for an earlier
“The High Court of Justice was provided with a detailed medical
report prepared on February 14 by an Israeli-accredited doctor on behalf of
Physicians for Human Rights, Israel,” Physicians for Human Rights spokeswoman
Yael Marom said on Sunday evening, adding that the petition had included an
“elaborate medical report” which claimed Adnan is in “immediate danger of
Adnan’s lawyers filed the petition after the military court of
appeals refused to cancel the four-month administrative detention order against
Adnan, who was arrested for “activities that threaten state security” according
to the IDF. On February 9, military court Judge Moshe Tirosh found that the
order, which was made on the basis of a confidential report, was
Adnan began his hunger strike on December 18 to protest what he
said was abusive treatment suffered during his arrest a day earlier at his home
in the West Bank village of Arrabe outside Jenin. Adnan later announced that it
is in protest of the entire practice of administrative detention in the West
“Administrative detention” refers to arrests carried out by the IDF
on behalf of the Shin Bet, in which the detainee is not informed of the charges
against him and is not brought before a judge to contest his arrest. The
detentions are typically ordered for up to six months, but can be extended
indefinitely after the end of that period.
According to Prisons Service
figures, there were 307 Palestinians in administrative detention at the end of
December 2011, up from 219 in January 2011. Adnan was given a four-month
administrative detention order on January 8, and has said he will not end his
strike until he is either released or told what charges he faces.
a member of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, has become a cause celebre in the
Palestinian territories in recent weeks, and protests have been held in support
of his cause in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
While a number of
Palestinians in Israeli jails have announced their intention to go on hunger
strike in solidarity with Adnan, a Prisons Service spokeswoman said Sunday that
only a handful had carried out such threats and for only a few days at a time
MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) also visited Adnan in the hospital on
Sunday. He said Adnan is in “critical and dangerous” condition and has lost 30
Zahalka called for Adnan’s immediate release, saying that Adnan
will not eat unless he is put on trial. He added that Adnan’s administrative
arrest without a trial is a crime.
In response to Zahalka’s visit, MK
Danny Danon (Likud) said that even if the Balad MK joins the hunger strike, it
will not stop Israel from defending its citizens.
“Zahalka’s loyalty is
to terrorists and murderers and not the State of Israel,” Danon said. “This is
the continuation of traitorous provocations by Arab MKs. Zahalka joins [MKs
Haneen] Zoabi, [Ahmed] Tibi and [Ibrahim] Sarsour in praising terrorism against
Israel. They belong with Hamas and not in the Knesset.”