Jerusalem: a high-ranking figure Palestinian prisoner He died in Israeli custody on Tuesday after a hunger strike that lasted nearly three months. Israel Prison Service Announced, at a time when tensions between Israel and Palestinians.
Khader Adnana leader in the hardline Islamic Jihad Group, began staging long-running hunger strikes more than a decade ago, introducing a new form of protest against Israel’s mass detentions of Palestinians without charges or trials. On Tuesday, the 45-year-old became the first longtime hunger striker to die in Israeli custody.
Palestinians have called for a general strike in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and protests are expected later in the day. Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza into empty fields in Israel. “Our fighting continues and will not stop,” Islamic Jihad said in a statement.
Adnan’s death comes as Israel leads the most right-wing government ever.
Palestinian prisons and prisoners are overseen by Cabinet Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, an ultra-nationalist politician who has previously tightened restrictions on Palestinian prisoners, including shortening shower time and closing prison bakeries.
Ben Gvir said on Tuesday that prison officials should show “zero tolerance towards hunger strikes and unrest in security prisons” and ordered prisoners to be held in their cells.
With the escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence, the number of administrative detainees has risen to more than 1,000 over the past year, the highest number in two decades.
For administrative detainees, a hunger strike is often a last resort. Many of them staged a hunger strike that lasted for several months, often becoming seriously ill. Previous Israeli governments have sometimes agreed to some of her requests to avoid death in custody.
Physicians for Human Rights in Israel said that this time, warnings about Adnan’s deteriorating health were ignored.
The group and Adnan’s lawyer said they had asked the Israeli authorities to transfer him from his cell to a hospital where his condition could be better monitored. The human rights organization said that a doctor who visited Adnan several days ago warned that his life was in danger.
Dana Moss, of the rights group, said: “We are placing the responsibility for his death on the shoulders of the Israeli authorities. The hunger strike is one of the few remaining nonviolent tools for Palestinians as they fight against Israel’s unfair legal system, in the context of a long-term occupation and apartheid regime.”
Islamic Jihad spokesman Dawood Shehab described the killing of Adnan as “a complete crime for which the Israeli occupation bears full and direct responsibility.”
And in the West Bank, Muhammad Shtayyeh, the prime minister of the Palestinian self-rule government, blamed Israel. He described Adnan’s death as “a premeditated assassination by refusing his request for release, neglecting him medically, and keeping him in his cell despite the seriousness of his health condition.”
The Israeli Prison Service said Adnan was accused of “involvement in terrorist activities”. He was in a prison medical facility, she said, but refused medical treatment “until the last minute” while legal proceedings moved forward. She added that he was found unconscious in his cell early on Tuesday and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
About 200 people gathered outside Adnan’s home in the West Bank town of Arabeh, holding up banners bearing his image and calling for revenge. Adnan’s widow, Randa Musa, told those gathered outside that “we don’t want a single drop of blood” in response to his death.
“We don’t want to launch rockets or raid Gaza after that,” she told the crowd.
Palestinian prisoners are seen as national heroes and any threat to them while in Israeli detention can lead to tensions or violence. Adnan and other Palestinian prisoners are considered security threats by Israel, accused of being involved in bloody attacks or plots.
Over the past decade, Adnan has become a household name in the Palestinian territories, as a symbol of resilience against open-ended Israeli occupation, now in its fifty-sixth year. He has carried out several long hunger strikes over the years, including a 66-day protest in 2012, and two more strikes in 2015 and 2018 that lasted 56 and 58 days, respectively. Israel released Adnan after the 2015 raid.
He is credited with turning the hunger strike into a tool of protest by Palestinian detainees and a useful bargaining chip against the Israeli authorities.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, which represents former and current prisoners, Adnan was arrested 12 times and spent nearly eight years in Israeli prisons, most of which were under administrative detention.
The number of administrative detainees has increased in the past year, as Israel carried out almost nightly raids in the West Bank following a series of deadly Palestinian attacks in Israel in early 2022.
Israel says this controversial tactic helps authorities thwart attacks and detain dangerous militants without disclosing incriminating material for security reasons.
Palestinians and rights groups say the system is widely abused and denies due process, with the secret nature of evidence making it impossible for administrative detainees or their lawyers to mount a defence.
Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank have been locked in a bout of fighting over the past year. Some 250 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire and 49 people have been killed in Palestinian attacks on Israelis.
On Tuesday, Israeli officials said an Israeli man was lightly wounded in a suspected Palestinian shooting in the West Bank.


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