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Wife: Khader Adnan sticking to hunger strike
Published Saturday 18/02/2012 (updated) 20/02/2012 19:03
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Detained hunger-striker Khader Adnan is going forward with his hunger strike against unjust practices in Israeli jails, his wife said Saturday, dismissing reports to the contrary.

Randa Adnan denied a report in a Gaza-based newspaper quoting her as saying Khader would stop his strike in the event that religious authorities found it to be in conflict with Islamic regulations.

"What media outlets in Gaza claimed I said is false," she told Ma'an.

"I call on the media to be careful when they report any news about the case of Sheikh Khader Adnan. It is very sensitive, and any misinterpretation will be harmful rather than beneficial," she added.

The Gaza-based daily Falastin reported Saturday that the Palestinian embassy in Cairo sent a request to the sheikh of Al-Azhar in Egypt asking for a fatwa to determine if the strike was acceptable.

The head of the Palestinian prisoners society, Qadura Fares, similarly denied the report. "This is a very sensitive topic, and journalists should be careful and publish credible reports," he said.

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti, meanwhile, called for said a global campaign is working to recruit support for the hunger striker and "demand that the Israeli government immediately release Khader Adnan."

"We are embarking on an international campaign to recruit solidarity with Khader Adnan, and seeking to exert pressure on Israel to release him," Barghouti said Saturday.

"The international community," he added, has "repeatedly affirmed that both Israel’s occupation and use of administrative detention is illegal and should end. Now, you must act."

Ashton expressing 'deep worries'

The European Union foreign policy chief has also expressed concern.

In a statement delivered by her spokesperson, Catherine Ashton was said to have expressed "deep worries over the situation," and requested that Israel "do all it can to preserve the health of Mr. Adnan".

She added that the EU remains concerned about the use of administrative detention: "Detainees have the right to be informed about the charges underlying any detention and be subject to a fair trial."

Ali Abunimah, a US-based Palestinian writer, criticized the statement as insufficient.

"You have frequently asserted that 'human rights' are at the center of your policy. But we know that any such statements come with an asterisk. Palestinians are exempt from such rights," Abunimah wrote in a letter to Ashton.

"What makes this all the more revolting is that you spared no opportunity to call for the release of an Israeli occupation soldier who was held in Gaza, a soldier taken prisoner while bearing arms to enforce the deadly siege and occupation of Gaza.

"Perhaps if Khader Adnan had been an armed Israeli occupation soldier, instead of a father who was at home with his family, you would have had more sympathy."
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1 ) Malone / Hfx
18/02/2012 20:47
She's worried aboutthis guy,who is starving himself voluntarily...on his own..what about the thousands upon thousands starving in Africa?..what about the Syrian situation?...she makes me sick.

2 ) 48Refugee / USA
19/02/2012 00:25
Malone, you are blind if you think this is just about a man starving himself voluntarily. Political injustice cannot be ignored because there are other types of suffering in the world. Shame on you.

3 ) hjuy / usa
19/02/2012 02:03
YOU MAKE US sick malone PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN SUFFERING 10 MORE TIMES WORSE THEN THE SYRIANS IN 67 YEARS AND NO ONE HAS PAYED ATTENTTION. long live palestine!!!!!!!!!!!

4 ) Robby / USA
19/02/2012 03:24
and requested that Israel "do all it can to preserve the health of Mr. Adnan". - is Israel refusing to feed him? If people were concerned wouldn't they try to convince him to eat?

5 ) maan / maan
19/02/2012 04:46
why maan news doesn't allow comment in the arabic section?

6 ) US Citizen / US
19/02/2012 05:15
#1 Malone.... What does Africa or Syria have to do with Khader Adnan and the Palestinian situation. I won't comment further, but I would like to suggest that you brush up on the Palestinian issue before spewing goo out of your trap.

7 ) southparkbear / usa
19/02/2012 10:30
i am betting in 2 more months he'll quit

8 ) NanoIpod / Canada
19/02/2012 21:49
Malone! we are not talking about Syria or Africa here, There is another page for that kind of talks! Now tell me, Why did the Jews kept themselves voluntarily in Nazi Germany, knowing that a brutal Hitler would liquidate them???

9 ) Lukas / AntiZionist
19/02/2012 22:58
Malone is a brainwashed Zionist and extremist. That's all.
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