Israeli officials announced today that they have reached a deal with Khader Adnan. According to reports, they will not extend his administrative detention beyond his current term, which ends on April 17. It has been also reported that he will end his hunger strike, although it has not yet been confirmed that he has accepted Israel’s terms.
Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for the Israeli Prime Minister’s office said “if there’s no new evidence against him, he will be released from custody on April 17,” adding that Adnan is also a “dangerous terrorist.”
No new evidence? Does this mean that their current “evidence” is not sufficient to keep him in prison? Could there be any clearer proof that Israel has no case against Khader Adnan (and who knows how many hundreds of additional detainees?)
This deal only underscores the inherent injustice of Israel’s administrative detention policy – one that makes a mockery of democracy and due process.