Israel Rearrests Palestinian Hunger Striker Day After Release

Khader Adnan was released on Sunday, after six years in an out of administrative detention; Shin Bet says he entered Jerusalem without permission, a violation they view with severity.

Amira Hass
Gili Cohen
In this April 18, 2012 file photo, Khader Adnan is greeted in the Palestinian village of Arraba after his release from Israeli jail.Credit: AP
Amira Hass
Gili Cohen

Former Palestinian prioner Khader Adnan was rearrested on Monday evening, a day after he was released from administrative detention following 55 days on hunger strike, Haaretz has learned.

Adnan told his family and friend that he was go to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, like thousands of other Palestinians.

The Shin Bet confirmed that Adnan had been arrested, saying that he had entered Jerusalem illegally. Adnan has been transferred to the police for questioning. The Shin Bet said that Adnan had been refused entry into Israel due to his activities in the Islamic Jihad, and that the defense establishment viewed this violation with severity.

Adnan ended his hunger strike late last month after reaching a deal with the Israeli military prosecution that secured his release.

Upon his release he was taken to the hospital in Jenin for a medical examination.

Afestive reception was held for Adnan in his hometown of Arraba. His return took place less than a week before the Muslim Id al-Fitr holiday, which concludes the holy month of Ramadan.

Prior to reaching a deal with the military prosecution and ending his hunger strike on June 29, Adnan's medical condition took a turn for the worse. Adnan refused to take water or minerals, and refused to be examined by a physician. Medical literature indicates that after the 42nd day of such a hunger strike there are liable to be life-threatening complications.

The Shin Bet security service believes Adnan is an active member of Islamic Jihad. He was placed under administrative detention for the ninth time a year ago, and finally went on hunger strike to protest his prolonged incarceration without trial. Three years ago, also under administrative detention, he forced the authorities to release him after a hunger strike that lasted 66 days. Altogether he has spent more than six years in Israeli detention.

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