Israel releases Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan ‎

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Khader Adnan a Palestinian administrative detainee, who went on a 66-day hunger strike protesting his detention without charge at an Israeli prison, was released on Tuesday night.

Adnan (33), a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was taken by authorities to the Salem Checkpoint, after which he proceeded to his home in a village next to Jenin in the West Bank. He was greeted by hundreds of supporters upon reaching his home.

Adnan began his hunger strike on December 18 to protest what he said was abusive treatment suffered during his arrest a day earlier at his home in the West Bank village of Arrabe outside Jenin. He later announced that the strike was in protest of the entire practice of administrative detention in the West Bank.

Adnan agreed to eat food only after his lawyers struck a deal with the state last month, just hours before the High Court of Justice was set to demand that he either be charged or released. The release was as a part of deal reached in February of this year .

 

 

Below is a clip from local news channel showing jubilant scenes as Adnan was borne home on the shoulders of supporters:

High octane excitement waved amongst Palestinians many tweeted many posted screen grabs:

 

 

Amidst the celebrations, some Palestinians recalled the other prisoners, many of whom joined Adnan in a hunger strike in solidarity:


On the other side, Adnan’s release was compared to Bahraini hunger striker Al-Khawaja who has entered his 70th day of hunger strike in protest to his unruly imprisonment in Bahrain.

 

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