Middle East and Surrounds

Palestinian prisoner ends 66-day hunger strike after Israel guarantees his release

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan announced Tuesday that he will be ending his 66-day hunger strike after Israel agreed to release him.

The Islamic Jihad operative, who has been fighting a provision that allows Israel to hold detainees for months or even years without trial or formal charges, reached an agreement with the state prosecution less than an hour before his case was discussed at the Supreme Court.


Israel’s Supreme Court moves up hearing of Palestinian prisoner on months-long hunger strike

The Supreme Court has brought forward a hearing this week on the appeal of a Palestinian prisoner waging an unprecedented two-month hunger strike, court officials and his lawyers said Monday.

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Deal reached to end Khader Adnan’s detention by 17 April, but no confirmation hunger strike has ended

Lawyers for Khader Adnan have reached a deal with Israel for Adnan to be released on 17 April, Addameer announced today via Twitter. There’s still no confirmation, despite some media reports, that Adnan has agreed to end his hunger strike, but Addameer said the deal appears to meet minimum conditions Adnan had previously communicated to lawyers.

Adnan has been on hunger strike for 66 days against his “administrative detention” by Israel without charge or trial. Addameer is a Palestinian prisoners rights group whose lawyers have been closely following Adnan’s case.

Indefinite detention without charge is a serious violation of basic human rights.

It is possible that the Israeli government blinked on this, because of the huge focus this case had garnered, both on its own merits, and as a glaring example of how the alleged “only democracy in the Middle East” treats Palestinian prisoners.

However, unfortunately, there is absolutely no guarantee that Adnan will survive through the 17th of April, even if he ends his hunger strike.

Arab League condemns Netanyahu”s wish of “death to all Arabs” remarks

The Arab League Monday condemned a phrase posted in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s facebook page in which he wished death to all Arabs, following a school bus accident that killed 10 children and injured 40 others.

And I note that ABCNNBBCBS are not making anywhere near the issue of Netanyahu’s confirmed comment that they did with the botched translation that claimed Ahmadinejad wanted to wipe Israel off of the map!

Warships sail to Syria

A flotilla of Iranian warships crossed the Suez Canal and docked at the Syrian port of Tartus on Saturday. Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the mission displays Iran’s “might” despite 30 years of relentless sanctions.
Egypt never allowed Iranian warships to cross the Suez until February last year following the overthrow of the Hosni Mubarak regime when, undeterred by the diplomatic pressure from the US and threatening noises from Israel, Cairo allowed an Iranian destroyer to pass through. Israel called it a “provocation”.



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