Sunday, February 19, 2012
Israeli high court wil hear Khader Adnan case ...on day 68 of his hunger strike
The Israeli Supreme Court will hear a petition on Thursday against the continued administrative detention of hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan. Lawyer Jawad Bulus of the human rights group Addameer was told that his appeal against Adnan's administrative detention order will go before the court in four days.
Bulus said he had requested an emergency hearing due to Adnan's critical health condition, after he refused food for 64 days to protest his treatment by Israeli authorities and the practice of detention without charge. He said the court had failed to take this into account.
It is highly questionable that Adnan will still be alive on Tursday. A doctor from Physicians from Human Rights who examined Adnan said he would not survive beyond 70 days without food. It does not seem to be too far fetched to assume that by postponing the hearing till Thursday the court is hoping to avoid the necessity to rule at all in this matter.
Adnan has refused food since his Dec. 17 detention in northern West Bank city of Jenin. It is the longest hunger strike any Palestinian prisoner has ever undertaken.