Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner released early from Israeli prison

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man held in an Israeli prison who ended his 55-day hunger strike late last month was freed early.

Khader Adnan, 37, stopped the strike after the Israel Prison Service agreed to release him from administrative detention, where he had been held for a year without charge or trial.

The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that Adnan was taken to a crossroads near Jenin in the West Bank and released, and that no one including his family knew where or when he would be released to prevent “celebrations.”

Adnan did not give any interviews after his release, which is reported to be part of his release agreement.

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It was the second time that Adnan has undertaken a prolonged hunger strike. In 2012, he went on a 66-day strike to protest his administrative detention. Adnan was later released in exchange for ending his hunger strike.

He has been held by Israel since being rearrested nearly a year ago for “activities that threaten regional security.”

A prisoner can be held in administrative detention, without charges being brought, for up to six months. The detention can be renewed indefinitely.

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