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Israel court adjourns hearing of Palestinian hunger striker

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan [File photo]
Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan [File photo]

Israel’s Salem Military Court in the occupied West Bank yesterday adjourned the hearing of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 52 days, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said.

According to Quds Press, the organisation said that the Israeli military court adjourned the hearing until 29 October.

Khader Adnan, 40, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 11 December 2017 and accused of affiliation with an illegal Palestinian faction and planning illegal actions.

Adnan, from Jenin, launched a hunger strike in protest against the “false” accusations against him and his imprisonment without charge or trial.

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In 2012, Adnan went on hunger strike that lasted 66 days against his administrative detention. In 2015, he began another hunger strike that lasted for 54 days.

The father of seven has been arrested 11 times and has spent a total of eight years in Israeli jails.

Some 430 Palestinians were held under administrative detention in July.

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Israeli rights group B’Tselem defines Administrative detention as “incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense,” stating that “it has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed.”

The Israeli NGO adds: “Israel employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.”

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