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Islamic Jihad Terrorist Khader Adnan Released, Keeping with Hunger Strike-Ending Deal

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Ranking Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan, who went on a 66-day hunger strike over his detention by Israel, has been released in keeping with the deal reached with him to end his hunger strike in February.

One day before his release on Tuesday, some 2,300 Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails began an open-ended hunger strike, synchronized with Palestinian rallies marking “Prisoners’ Day.”

The Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Ministry stated that there are about 4,700 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 319 who are being held without charge in Administrative Detention.

The legal basis for Israel’s use of Administrative Detention is the British Mandate’s 1945 Law on Authority in States of Emergency, as amended by Israel in 1979. Administrative detention is normally applied in cases where the available evidence may not be disclosed publicly for security reasons, such as revealing the identities of informers.

Administrative Detention has been applied to Israeli Jews as well.

Within Israel, the Defense Minister has the authority to issue Administrative Detention orders for up to 6 months, and renew such orders. Administrative Detention orders can be appealed to the District Court and, if denied there, to the Supreme Court of Israel.

Within the West Bank and Gaza Strip, any local army commander can issue an administrative detention order, and the order can be appealed at the local military court, or, if denied there, at the Supreme Court.

Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention in 1949 states that “if the Occupying Power considers it necessary, for imperative reasons of security, to take safety measures concerning protected persons, it may, at the most, subject them to assigned residence or to internment.”

Israeli authorities freed Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan on Tuesday after he refused food from December 18 until February 21, protesting what he said was a violent and humiliating arrest at his home in the occupied West Bank.

The detention of Adnan “for activities that threaten regional security” due to his alleged leadership role in the Islamic Jihad, triggered a series of protests calling for his release across Palestinian governed areas.

Earlier this year, an Israeli military court ordered that Adnan be placed for four months in administrative detention.

State Relents, Khader Adnan Ends 65-day Hunger Strike

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ranking Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan has ended his 65-day hunger strike after the State Prosecutor announced that under current circumstances, it would not seek to renew his administrative detention.

According to the announcement, the State will not extend Adnan’s detention if no significant new material is added to the case  by April 17, the day his current detention order expires.

Adnan, who has been hailed in the Arab street and glorified in European media as a political dissident in the mold of IRA figure Bobby Sands, has been under administrative detention since mid-December, for posing a  threat to regional security.

Who Is Khader Adnan?

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Much fanfare has surrounded Khader Adnan, a self-described leader of Islamic Jihad, currently on a hunger strike against his administrative detention in an Israeli prison. He has predictably become the newest pop-cause for the ‘blame Israel first’ movement by virtue of the simple fact that he is a Palestinian incarcerated in Israel; but his hunger-strike has turned him into a veritable celebrity. The Arab media has compared him to  Mohandas Gandhi; the who’s who of so-called human right organizations have offered their condemnations -  including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, as well as Israel’s own B’tselem and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel; and solidarity marches for Adnan have been held in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Adnan’s celebrity status was confirmed when British newspapers the Independent and the Guardian dedicated in-depth pieces to him, glorifying him as a political prisoner. And Catherine Ashton, EU foreign affairs chief, provided the stamp of official credibility by chiming in as well.

But who IS Khader Adnan? Although his ‘plight’ is well-documented, mainstream media articles have provided little in the way of his past, and the possible reasons for his incarceration in the first place, save for a few obligatory sentences providing context. To those that support Adnan, or more accurately – oppose Israel, what he did is essentially immaterial, and the mere fact that he is being detained by Israel is proof of his innocence and Israeli injustice.

Is Khader Adnan merely a baker and post-graduate student, or something more?

And so, it would probably not move these people to know that, contrary to the narrative engendered by his wife and picked up by the mainstream media, he is not an innocuous economics graduate who runs a bakery. Yes, he has tenure, but it is as a member of the Islamic Jihad, currently the most active and dedicated anti-Israel genocidal terrorist organization.

Despite his wife’s fierce denials of Adnan’s role in Islamic Jihad, or in any militant activities, his own statements flatly contradict this narrative. He is a self-described leader of Islamic Jihad, and has taken the initiative in calling for terror attacks against Israel. He has held this position for at least 6 years: on June 8, 2005, the Boston Globe identified Adnan as an “Islamic Jihad spokesman,” quoted him repudiating any sort of cease fire with Israel, and urging all Palestinian terror groups to resume fighting with Israel. In the same article he lambasted the PA, and said the period of calm negotiated by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “is now in its last days”; in a first person interview with al Jazeera in 2005 he said, “we, the PA and all the Palestinian people are in one trench, which is the resistance trench and targeting the Zionist enemy”; and to dispel any doubts that he may have reformed his ways, he was recently described by an Arab news source as “Sheikh Khadar Adnan, the political leader of Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine” (Uruknet, http://www.uruknet.info/?new=85772, 16/2/2012).

For those hailing him as a hero, the fact that Adnan has a lengthy rap sheet that transcends jurisdictional boundaries is a minor detail that need only be glossed over; besides the half-dozen times he has been detained by Israeli authorities for terror-related offenses, Adnan has also been arrested by the Palestinian Authority (as reported by Ma’an news agency and the BBC on September 30, 2010).

Not his first Hunger Strike

Moreover, this is not Adnan’s first hunger strike. He is apparently a skilled propagandist, with an established MO. His first hunger strike though, was not as successful, at least in garnering the international media attention that he and his ilk crave, and this is because it took place in a Palestinian Authority jail. Belying any sense of impartiality and revealing the politicized agenda of human rights groups and the mainstream media alike, no international outcry accompanied his hunger strike, and no international outrage was directed at the Palestinian leadership; not a word from Catherine Ashton, no solidarity marches across the globe, and no front-page exposure. The only protest was confined to a proverbial back page blurb: a condemnation by The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, which for some reason remained a kind of internal memo.

Suicide Protester

Despite his record and his declarations,  and despite the fact that Israel has detained him for threatening regional security, Adnan has been hailed as enduring the longest hunger strike in Palestinian history. Islamic Jihad, infamous for its bloody history of suicide bombings and unrelenting war on Israel, has managed to seize on the opportunity to activate its first suicide protester, promising to attack Israel if Adnan dies.

Only in an Israeli jail could Adnan’s myth be nurtured and his persona hailed as a perverse kind of celebrity, with an eager audience collaborating to transform a terrorist into a hero. Nevertheless, the chorus of self-righteous voices wailing indignantly against Israel cannot and should not drown out the legality and morality of Adnan’s detention. Who is Khadar Adnan? A ranking member of a terrorist organization that has encouraged and overseen the murder of Israelis, and he is now trying to divert attention and pervert justice with the help of the usual suspects.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/who-is-khadar-adnan/2012/02/19/

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