|Khader Adnan - almost 70 days on hunger strike
Imprisonment of Palestinians is an essential element in Israel’s occupation and control of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This includes the imprisonment of Government Ministers, other elected members of Government and senior officials. Israel has been and remains in violation of international conventions and international law on the treatment of prisoners.
Over 2500 children have been arrested and many Palestinian women have arrested as a means of placing pressure on their husbands.
Many Palestinians are detained and imprisoned without trial. In many cases “administrative detention” has lasted for years, with no prospect of charges ever being brought.
The Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, a 33-year old Palestinian, husband and father, has now been on hunger strike for 60 days after being kidnapped by the Israeli military from his house on December 17, 2011. He has been hospitalized as his health condition is deteriorating. Rallies have been organized in various parts of the West Bank in solidarity with Khader Adnan, while others are on hunger strike at the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in support of his fight for freedom.
The chief Palestinian negotiator, Dr. Saeb Ereikat, has called upon the international community to intervene to secure his release. The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation has called upon all defenders and supporters of human rights to condemn Israeli behaviour and to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners.
The Workers’ Party of Ireland demands the immediate and unconditional end of the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian and Arab lands, an end to the kidnapping and detention of Palestinian political leaders and politicians, an end to mass arrests and administrative detention without trial, ill-treatment and torture of persons under detention.
The WPI demands the immediate release of Khader Adnan and calls on the Irish government to intervene with the Israeli authorities to secure his release before it is too late.
The International Committee
Workers Party of Ireland