Prison jail generic.
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A Palestinian hunger striker on administrative detention is in danger of dying,
Physicians for Human Rights Israel said on Monday.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel, 34-year-old Khader Adnan has been on a
hunger strike since the day after his arrest by IDF troops at his home in the
village of Arrabe near Jenin on December 17.
While Adnan is believed to
be a leader of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, neither the IDF Spokesman’s
Office nor the Israel Prisons Service would confirm his membership in the
organization on Monday.
On Sunday, Adnan was taken from the medical
detention facility where he is being held in Ramle for treatment at Assaf
Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, where he refused to be given water or
Physicians for Human Rights Israel said that Adnan has had nothing
but water for 45 days, and his life is in danger if his hunger strike continues.
They added that he launched the strike to protest his arrest, his treatment by
interrogators, and administrative detentions, in which detainees are held
without being charged with a crime.
Anat Litvin, director of Physicians
for Human Rights’ Prisoners and Detainees Department, said in a statement
released on Monday that “the fact that a person does not know when his detention
will end nor the nature of the accusations brought against him, makes
administrative detention unbearable, and similar to torture. Adnan’s
hunger strike is clearly endangering his life, but should be also seen as a
legitimate protest of a man trying to keep his dignity in face of gross abuse of
his basic rights as a human being.”
The organization also questioned
Prisons Service treatment of hunger strikers, saying “PHR Israel emphasize that
IPS procedures regarding hunger strikers are unclear and some raise suspicion of
violation of medical ethics.”
A Prisons Service spokeswoman rejected the
criticism, saying “the IPS strictly supervises the health situation of those on
hunger strikes. We have special ethical procedures we use in order to determine
how to treat them and the criticism against us does not sound
The spokeswoman added: “We take great care of this issue, we
have no interest whatsoever of having prisoners die in our custody.”