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Take Urgent Action: Appeals Decision Delayed as Khader Adnan Dying to Live

12 February 2012 | Samidoun- Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner being held under administrative detention, is now entering his 57th day of hunger strike and facing a severe health crisis.  Despite the fact that Khader Adnan risks death with every minute that passes, the Israeli military court system is delaying decisions in his case and further prolonging his unjust imprisonment. This delay shows utter disregard for Khader Adnan’s life, health and humanity. Write now to the Israeli Military Judge Advocate General to demand that Khader Adnan be freed immediately and unconditionally. 

Keep the pressure on: make phone calls, send letters, and protest to free Khader Adnan.  See actions: http://samidoun.ca/?p=191

Tweet Now: Tell Israeli Courts: Your Delays are Killing #KhaderAdnan #Dying2Live http://samidoun.ca/?p=191

On Thursday, February 9, an appeals hearing was held in Adnan’s hospital room in Zief Hospital in Safad, where six lawyers represented him. Despite the urgency of the situation and the threat of Adnan’s imminent death, the judge postponed ruling on the case until typed documents were presented, expecting a ruling sometime “next week.” 

In the hospital, he remains shackled to the bed, even as he has lost over 80 pounds. After 50 days without food, a hunger striker has a severe risk of organ failure – which is why action now to demand Khader Adnan’s freedom is urgent.

Khader Adnan has been protesting his detention and the abuse and torture suffered since he was seized by Israeli occupation soldiers on December 17, 2011, as Addameer reports. Prisoners – like Khader Adnan – held under administrative detention are imprisoned without charge, on secret evidence, for up to six-month periods at a time – which can be renewed repeatedly.

Palestinian and solidarity activists in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC held protests in the United States, while a solidarity hunger strike continued in Gaza. Near Beitunia, outside Ofer prison, the Israeli occupation army attacked a Palestinian demonstration calling for Khader Adnan’s release with tear gas and bullets, injuring 16 people, including a journalist.

International pressure is also mountingHuman Rights Watch joined Amnesty International’s call to “charge or release” Adnan on Saturday February 11, and United Nations envoy Robert Serry issued a statement, calling on Israel “to do everything in its power to preserve the health of the prisoner and resolve this case while abiding by all legal obligations under international law.” Organizations including theArab Doctor’s Union and the National Lawyers Guild’s Free Palestine Subcommittee, have joined the call for Khader Adnan’s release.

Khader Adnan is dying to live. Take action now to support him. http://samidoun.ca/?p=191

1. Call your government officials and demand that they pressure Israel publicly and privately to release Khader Adnan.
In Canada:

Call the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa at (613) 567-6450 OR your local Embassy (for a list, click here).

Call the Office of the Foreign Minister, John Baird (Tel: 613-990-7720; Email: bairdj@parl.gc.ca)

Just last week, Baird stated that “There is not a government on the planet today more supportive of Israel than Harper’s Canada.” Call Baird’s office and let him know that this shameful declaration implicates Canada in Israel’s crimes and human rights violations. Demand that Baird’s office call for Khader Adnan’s release.

In the US:

Call the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC (1.202.364.5500) OR your local Embassy (for a list, click here).

Call the office of Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1.202.647.7209)

Demand that Jeffrey Feltman bring this issue urgently to his counterparts in Israel and raise the question of Khader Adnan’s administrative detention.

2. Organize a protest outside your local Israeli Embassy (for a list, click here). View Chicago and Washington DC protests here.

Post your local actions to the Khader Adnan facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Khader-Adnan/236953309725144

Help us spread the word with social media after you take action.

Download this photo of Khader Adnan to use for your social media profile pictures and click on the suggested messages below and they will be automatically tweeted.  

3. Write to Israeli officials and demand an end to delay and the immediate, unconditional release of Khader Adnan. Samidoun has provided a template and an automated letter-writing system. Send yours and make your voice heard today!

4. It is important to note the responsibility of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Sign this petition and join hundreds demanding that the ICRC exercise its responsibilities to protect Palestinian prisoners.

5. Spread the word:

Tweet Now: 56 Days: Take Action Now for #KhaderAdnan http://samidoun.ca/?p=191 #Palestine #Israel #Dying2Live

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