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Palestinian hunger striker says he is close to death

April 4, 2023 at 9:54 am

Palestinian activist Sheikh Khader Adnan speaks during a rally near the West Bank city of Jenin July 12, 2015 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Palestinian prisoner inside Israeli jails Sheikh Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 58 days, wrote his will yesterday and said that he is close to death.

“I am writing my will as I am feeling close to martyrdom,” he wrote. “I am sending my words after my flesh and bones have gone and I became pale inside Al-Ramlah Prison. I am sending my words to my family, my sons, my wife and my people.”

He added: “If I became a martyr, do not allow the occupation to anatomise my body, bury me beside my father and write on the tombstone: This is the grave of the poor man Khader Adnan.”

The hunger striker continued: “Oh, stubborn Palestinians, I am sending you my will with great confidence that Allah will help ending the occupation. Do not lose hope, victory is very close.”

He went on to send his greetings to the families of Palestinian martyrs and prisoners, as well as to the resistance fighters and free people.

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Adnan, from Arraba village near Jenin, launched his hunger strike immediately after he was arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 5 February.

He is reported to have been deprived of blankets and warm clothes despite the cold winter weather in what is said to be an official act of retaliation for his hunger strike.

The father of nine — his youngest is just 18 months old — has been detained by the Israeli occupation authorities 12 times and he has spent eight years in Israeli jails, mostly in administrative detention.

An Israeli military court was scheduled to hold a hearing of his case on 7 March, but it was postponed for the fourth time and it is now due to be held today.