Jihad leader launches hunger strike in Israeli jail
Published Tuesday 27/03/2012 (updated) 28/03/2012 14:10
Palestinians hold photographs of their relatives held in Israeli jails during a rally
in support of prisoner Hana Shalabi's hunger strike as well as calling for the
release of Palestinian prisoners, in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old
City, March 24, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad announced Tuesday a senior member of the movement who was detained by Israel a week ago has began a hunger strike against his administrative detention.
Jafar Ez Al-Din Qadan, 40, was seized by Israeli forces from Arraba village south of Jenin, at dawn on Wednesday. He was transferred to administrative detention -- without charge -- and immediately began refusing food in protest, the group said.
Ez Al-Din Qadan has spent four years in Israeli jails. His brother Tareq was released in the October 2011 prisoner exchange deal, and deported to the Gaza Strip.
Jihad-affiliated detainee Khader Adnan, also from Arraba, ended a 66-day hunger strike after striking a deal for early release and non-renewal of his detention order in February.
Hunger striker Hana Shalabi refused a deal to shorten her administrative detention order to four months, and has spent 41 days without food.
Shalabi is in a critical condition, doctors say.