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Authorities said that Palestinian captive Khader Adnan, a former spokesman for the Islamic Jihad who became a symbol of Palestinian resistance to Israeli incarceration policy, died Tuesday following an 87-day hunger strike.
Adnan, 45, had been on hunger strike since his arrest on February 5, and he had refused medical exams while in jail, according to the Israeli Prison Service in a statement announcing his death. He was discovered dead in his cell early Tuesday after a nearly three-month hunger strike, according to the prison service. Adnan’s death was also confirmed by the Palestinian Prisoners Society, which stated that “the Israeli occupation assassinated Sheikh Khader Adnan.” He was promoted to commander posthumously by Islamic Jihad, which stated that “Khader Adnan rose as a martyr in a crime for which the Zionist occupation bears full and direct responsibility.” The Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group has been responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israelis in suicide bombers and missile strikes.
According to Israeli police, he was seized in February on suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization, support for terrorism, and incitement. At the time of his death, he had not been tried. Following his death, Palestinian political parties called for a general strike in the West Bank on Tuesday to mourn Adnan, closing courts, schools, universities, and shops. Palestinian captives at Ofer jail, an Israeli military jail in the West Bank, went on hunger strike on Tuesday to protest his death, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.
Khader Adnan was 45 years old.
After 86 days on a hunger strike, Khader Adnan passes away in an Israeli jail
Adnan was from Jenin, which is part of the occupied West Bank. On Tuesday, a video from Jenin showed one of his sons protesting his father’s killing. According to the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), three rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory and fell in open areas. The IDF reported no interceptors were launched, although sirens were heard in the vicinity of Sa’ad, a kibbutz in Israel’s Negev desert. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, accused Israel of carrying out a “deliberate assassination” by refusing to release him, neglecting him medically, and holding him in his cell despite the urgency of his physical condition.
Adnan first drew international notice during a 66-day hunger strike that ended in February 2012, making it the longest-known hunger strike by a Palestinian detainee in Israeli prisons at the time. According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, he has been detained at least 11 times since 2004, and he has participated in five hunger strikes. He embarked on a hunger strike for 55 days in 2015 before being freed by Israeli authorities. Adnan spent eight years in Israeli jails, the majority of which were spent under administrative detention, a contentious Israeli military system that allows authorities to imprison inmates indefinitely on security grounds.
The method also permits detention based on secret evidence, and there is no necessity to prosecute or try the inmates. His hunger strikes from prison became a rallying cry for Palestinians, who held numerous rallies in the West Bank and Gaza. According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Israel maintains 4,900 Palestinian detainees in its prisons, with 1,000 of them kept in administrative detention without charge, the largest number since 2003.