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February 21, 2012 8:23 am

Israel’s Release of Islamic Jihad Member Stops 66 Day Hunger Strike

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Demonstrator holds up paper in support of Khader Adnan. Photo: wiki commons.

Khader Adnan, the Islamic Jihad member currently being held by Israeli security officials under “administrative detention”, had been waging a self imposed hunger strike for 66 days in protest of his detention, and will now be set free in April according to his lawyer.

Administrative detention is the process in which people deemed to be a high risk to regional and national security are apprehended and kept under supervision, without charge.  According to the Israeli government this is necessary in order to keep intelligence operations immune from outside interference.

The agreement for Adnan to be released came within hours of his case being heard at Israel’s Supreme Court, and according to Israel’s Justice Department, the country will not seek to extend Adnan’s detention come April 17th.

In conjunction with the announcement, Adnan will be ending his hunger strike, which became a rallying cry for Palestinian supporters across the Middle East region and around the world.

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On Monday, an IDF spokesman informed The Algemeiner about Adnan’s options in protesting his detention through the court system.

“Defendants do have legal recourse; they are entitled to representation by an attorney and maintain the right to appeal to both the military courts and the Israeli High Court of Justice.”

Islamic Jihad, which is supported by Iran and has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings, is designated as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union, the UK, Japan, and others.

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