On February 15, Palestinian
faction leaders began supportive hunger strikes. Gazans erected a sit-in
tent near ICRC's Gaza City offices.
Islamic Jihad leaders Sheikh Nafth Azzam, Ahmad Al-Mudallal, Dawood
Shihab and Khader Habit joined with others and civil society organization
Al-Mudallal said striking "support(s) the battle of dignity of Sheikh
Khader Adnan. This is the least we can do (for) this legendary symbol."
Palestinian Authority civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh said
PA officials were trying to free him and hold Israel responsible for
Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqa called for demonstrations,
protest marches, and solidarity fasts throughout the Territories.
Hundreds of Palestinians began supportive hunger strikes. Many rallied
in Gaza and West Bank towns. Ofer Prison detainees joined them. Israeli
security forces attacked protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Palestinian National Initiative head Mustafa Barghouti was wounded in
Adnan's a political prisoner, detained since mid-December but not charged.
On his 60th day without food, a mass call for action urged support to
help free him. He symbolizes Israeli brutality, injustice and lawlessness.
He inspired others saying:
"For every gram you lose from your weight, we gain a thousand grams
in our dignity."
Many support him globally and responded. He hasn't yet slipped into
coma, but remains perilously close to death.
A February 14 Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) press release
said Adnan's High Court appeal will be heard. His lawyer filed an urgent
petition. A hearing will be set shortly.
PHR-I examined him five times in the past week, most recently on February
14. After 52 days without food, he lost one-third of his weight. As
a result, he has stomach aches, vomits, at times with blood, and experiences
He's still lucid and understands what's happening. "His general condition
is pale and very weak. His tongue is smooth. He has slight bleeding
from the gums, dry skin, loss of hair, and significant muscular atrophy."
His pulse is weak, his blood pressure 100/75. He's connected to a heart
monitor. He underwent tests and treatment. It includes liquids, salts,
glucose, and vitamins. However, he won't ingest food.
His condition "is commensurate with the impact of 60 days of fasting."
He's in immediate danger of death. No food over 50 days causes muscle
decomposition, including heart and stomach muscles. As a result, toxin
build-ups follow. "Death may occur suddenly" from heart failure or infection
following immune system collapse.
Digestive track bleeding as well as renal and hepatic failure may follow.
"A deterioration in his state of consciousness can be expected due to
the shortage of vitamins and intracerebral hemorrhage."
Fasts exceeding 70 days prevent survival. "Infusion of liquids, adjustment
of salts, and the addition of glucose and vitamin(s) cannot prevent
certain death due" to protracted periods without food.
On February 15, Richard Falk, Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestinian
human rights released a supportive statement, saying:
"I call on the international community, especially States with close
relations with Israel, to urge the Israeli Government to fulfill its
responsibilities under international law, most urgently with regard
to Mr. Adnan."
"In view of the emergency of his situation, the Government of Israel
must take immediate and effective action to safeguard Mr. Adnan's life,
while upholding his rights."
On February 20, following his regional visit, he'll hold a press conference.
In June, he'll submit his report to the UN Human Rights Council.
For now, saving Adnan's top priority. Perhaps Israel will yield to world
pressure. It's unlikely but possible. Rogue states don't apologize or
do the right thing.
Israeli state terror matches the world's worst. With Washington and
Britain, they're axis of evil partners.
Torturing Adnan to death shows it. His martyrdom won't go unnoticed.
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