The Derry Friends of Palestine attended a vigil at Derry’s Guildhall Square callling for the release of Palestinian Hungerstriker Khader Adnan a 33 year old baker being held without trial on Administrative Detention (internment). Khader has been on hungerstrike since the date of his internment on December 17th last and is said to be close to death after 64 days without food.
The medical human rights group Physicians for Human Rights said at the weekend that Mr Adnan had lost 30 kilos and that his condition has deteriorated so significantly that he may die at any time. Mr Adnan is one of more than 300 Palestinians being held under ”administrative detention”, which gives the Israeli authorities power to order the detention of individuals without charge or trial for six months at a time. The State can apply for successive extension of the detention period.
Mr Adnan started his hunger strike one day after his arrest to protest against the refusal of the Israeli authorities to reveal any evidence against him. Local media say this is the seventh time Mr. Adnan has been imprisoned without charge. His wife, Randa, six months pregnant with their third child, had denied that her husband was ever involved in violent activities. An appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court against his detention was denied last week.
Derry Friends of Palestine calls for the immediate release of Mr Adnan.