(RINF) – Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan has agreed to end his hunger strike after 56 days, after it was recently announced that he was in a “critical condition” after reportedly ingesting only salt and water for the duration of his protest. He had begun his protest on May 4.
Over the last few days Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah based Prisoners Club, who represents Khader Adnan, said that the inmate could “die at any moment” as a result of his protest, and that doctors and nurses were on alert due to how severely Adnan’s condition had deteriorated in recent weeks.
Speaking on Sunday, Boulos had said that when he visited Adnan the previous day, the hunger striker had been unable to move as a result of his refusal to eat. The 36 year old Adnan, who is a father of six children, was abducted in July of last year as part of an Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank region, which is currently occupied. Since then, Adnan has been kept in prison under what the Israeli government has called “administrative detention.” As a result of his incarceration, which went without trial for several months, Adnan decided to go on hunger strike in order to protest his arrest and ongoing detainment.
Over the past few years, Israel has attempted to deal with hunger strikers by trying to introduce legislation which would allow prisoners on a hunger strike to be force fed. However, this received condemnation from various groups across Israel, most notably the national doctor’s union, as they claimed that it would go against ethical commitments.
Khodar Adnan’s hunger strike eventually became somewhat symbolic of a movement that began protesting again those who have been seemingly incarcerating anybody they wished without any form of trial, Khader Adnan being one of many. Administrative detention has been used on countless individuals in the West Bank region, and enables theIsraeli government to incarcerate somebody without charging them or bringing them to trial.
This form of incarceration is supposed to last about six months, but this can be extended for indefinite amounts of time, as it has in Khader Adnan’s case, which has resulted in him being detained for almost a year without trial or being charged. According to the Israeli government, this method of incarceration is used in order to minimize the potential for violence.
Khader Adnan, whose arrest last July was his 10th by the Israeli government, is a known Islamic Jihad figure throughout the West Bank region, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967, and where Palestine seeks an independent state. Speaking as to why he was officially ending his hunger strike, reports have said that both Adnan and the Israeli government reached a deal where he would give up the hunger strike, and he would be released at some point next month, a year after he had been arrested without charge.
This was the second time that Adnan had launched a hunger strike while incarcerated by the Israeli government; the first was in 2012, which lasted several weeks but eventually led to his being released.