Palestinian hunger striker denied release

A Palestinian man in the 59th day of a hunger strike was denied release this week from an Israeli prison, where he has been held without charge.

Khader Adnan has been held in an Israeli prison since his arrest by Israeli soldiers Dec. 17. He can be held in administrative detention, without charges being brought, for four months. The administrative detention went into effect on Jan. 8.

A military court judge on Feb. 13 denied Adnan’s appeal to be released or have his detention reduced. Adnan reportedly is a member of Islamic Jihad.

Adnan is on a hunger strike, only drinking water, to protest his detention without charge, as well as humiliating treatment in prison, according to reports.

He reportedly is too weak to stand up on his own, though he is shackled to a hospital bed. — jta