On hunger strike for the 49th day, Palestinian detainee in Israel, Khader Adnan, demands his freedom

Palestinian detainee in Israel, Khader Adnan, 44, from the northern West Bank town of Arraba, enters today his 49th day of hunger strike in protest against his continuous detention without charge or trial, according to prisoners’ advocacy groups.

Adnan was arrested on February 5 during an Israeli army raid at his home and immediately went on hunger. His home was thoroughly searched and vandalized by the soldiers during his arrest.

Adnan was arrested 12 times by the Israeli occupation authorities over the past 20 years for his political and anti-occupation activities and has spent a total of eight years behind bars.

He went on hunger strike four times during detention, the longest was a 67-day stretch in 2012 that ended with securing his release and inspired other Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention to go on hunger strike to win their freedom.

In 2015, he again went on strike against his detention for 56 days and again in 2018 for 58 days. In 2021, he was once again arrested and ordered to administrative detention, and he went on hunger strike for 25 days. In each of these occasions, he was able to obtain his freedom.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency