45 days on strike: Khader Adnan refuses to undergo medical tests chained

PNN/ Bethlehem/
The family of prisoner Khader Adnan (37) who has been on a food-strike for the 45th day today now, in a statement said that Adnan refused to undergo medical tests by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) delegation, because of the prison administrations restrictions that Adnan’s hands and feet are chained to his bed for 24 hours during the tests.

The family statement said that Sheikh Khader refused to undergo the examinations in chains, since it contradicts the international law which guarantees the ease and freedom such associations must obtain during similar activities.

The message from Adnan’s refusal, according to the statement, was that if Israel strips associations such as PHR and the Red Cross from their powers, any delegation will have no function but being a “make up layer” on the face of Israel prison service (IPS).

The family demanded international human rights organizations, including PHR, Red Cross and Amnesty to play their role in retaining the rights of prisoners and pressuring Israeli authorities to treat them humanely and remove the chains from his hands and feet.

They added that no visits from any firms will be accepted unless it was fully legal and binding to human rights conventions.

After Adnan’s hunger strike entered its 2nd month two weeks ago, his condition became critical and he began experiencing intermittent comas, a sharp decrease in his weight and a drop in his heart rate.

Sheikh Adnan was kidnapped on July 8, 2014, and has since been held under Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial. He went on hunger strike for a week in January of this year after Israel renewed his Administrative Detention orders for the third consecutive time.

The strike comes in protest of the administrative detention orders, since Israel has administratively detained thousands of Palestinians over the years for periods ranging from several months to several years. The highest number of administrative detainees was during the first Intifada in 1989, when the number reached 2,000 prisoners.

Two years ago, Adnan held a 66-day hunger strike, also protesting his Administrative Detention, and only ended his strike after Israel agreed to release him in 2012.

During the second Intifada and in April 2002, the number of detainees under administrative detention orders decreased gradually until 2014, when Israel stepped up its administrative arrests. The number of detainees under these orders now totals 480.